Post by aahhshiett on Sept 26, 2005 21:32:14 GMT -6
I play football for a college in California. I pulled my hamstring this past wednesday. I had to sit out this last game on saturday. I have been getting stem and icing it. I was wondering if there is any home remedies or things i can do in my spare time to speed up recovery. It still tweaks a little when i run(not sprint but run around a little). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Sept 27, 2005 9:48:36 GMT -6
There are several modalities used to treat pulled hamstrings, but none of them are magic. The most important issue is good cooperation and communication between you and your team's trainer. If the trainer is not giving you enough effort and attention, then that is really the main problem.
Assuming that you are getting the TLC needed from your team trainer, there are a couple of small suggestions that might help. First, you can ask your trainer whether he/she has a sleeve for you to wear on your thigh. He/she might want you to wear it on the field, or during your normal day, or both.
Also, you can discuss with your trainer a simple stretch. Sit on the edge of your chair with both feet on the ground. Then slowly lean your chest forward towards the knee of the affected leg. (It is important for you to keep your chest stuck out while doing this, as doing this stretch with a hunched back might end up causing back problems.) Hold the chest towards your leg for several seconds. Repeat often during the day.
Finally, you could discuss with your trainer the use of some over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen. Of course before using any medicine, you need to discuss with your trainer or someone else that the medicine does not contain any substance banned by your league (NCAA, etc.).
Hamstring injuries can be quite frustrating. Good luck.
Post by Jeremy Geus, ATC, CSCS on Oct 19, 2005 18:21:10 GMT -6
Sorry, no quick fixes! Often what people perceive as recurring muscle strain ("tweaks") are actually stress placed on scar tissue from previoous injury. A sound strength training program in conjuction with ample stretching and warm-up prior to activity will prevent further injury in the future.