I’m an athlete, a keen researcher and a lover of all things sport. As someone who has been through a torn hamstring injury a number of times I know the frustration first hand of dealing with and recovering from one of the most common soft tissue injuries.
Through experience, I am now aware of some of the most important do’s and don’ts when it comes to hamstring injury.
I have a passion for sharing this knowledge and hence why I have set up this website. I want other athletes to learn the lessons (that I have had to learn the hard way) the easy way.
I know the mental side of coping with injuries, it is often this side which is the hardest thing to deal with, on top of the pain and frustration of limping around for a few weeks, it’s the feeling of letting your teammates down (if you play a team sport) and the desperate want to train and be back out on the field as soon as possible.
My goal is to influence at least a few of you to resist an early return to the sporting field and to go investigate properly whether you have any underlying issues. Issues such as strength imbalances, flexibility imbalances, problems with core strength and stability or lack of conditioning could lead to further injury if not properly addressed.
I hope that this information will be of value to at least a few of you out there, whether you are a beginner, a weekend warrior or a semi professional.
I firmly believe that the key to successful recovery first and foremost is patience and learning to take care of yourself. All athletes could benefit from learning more about their bodies. Athletes that do this become more self-sufficient and find themselves at a reduced chance of injury.
Learn how to sleep, eat and generally look after your body before and after sport, this will not only make you less likely to get injured but make you a better athlete and teammate.
I hope everybody’s return to the field can be as quick as possible and with the least chance of a further stay on the sidelines.