Hamstring Injuries & Running

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Hamstring injuries can be one of the most common injuries in sports and can be related to running. Despite being one of the most common injuries, the mechanism (the cause) of the injury is still very poorly understood and requires more research. So, what do we know currently about hamstring injuries and their relationship to running?

How Do I Know If I Injured My Hamstring?

Hamstring injuries are typically diagnosed by a medical professional, who will use their subjective interview with the patient, an objective examination, and possibly imaging to determine the severity of the hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries are graded on a scale from 1 to 3. The list below provides how each grade is classified:

Grade 1: mild muscle pull/strain

Grade 2: partial tearing of the muscle

Grade 3: complete tearing of the muscle

The typical signs and symptoms of a hamstring injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden, sharp pain in the back of the upper leg
  • Feeling or hearing a pop
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Pain with walking
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty weight bearing

Click here to keep reading about what every runner should know about hamstring injuries as an endurance athlete and what to do if you experience one for yourself.

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