I hope you know where your hamstrings are located, because today we will be talking about “pulling a hamstring” — (Pst, just in case you don’t know where your hamstrings are, look at the above picture). This particular injury is more common than you think, especially among runners and people who lift improperly- and those with imbalances. Think of it as a big OUCH! you definitely feel it; but don’t take my word for it, ask anyone who has experienced one. I’d like to be the one to give you some inner insight on the matter and possible share some fun tips, advice, and prepare you for what is possible – but I always recommend talking with a medical doctor for more support and answers and of course for help with any injury (they are the professionals) – lol.
What is a hamstring strain you ask?
A tear that occurs in one of the hamstring muscles – range from mild to very severe.
How do I know I am experiencing this?
Trust me when I say, YOU WILL FEEL IT, YOU WILL KNOW WHEN IT HAPPENS! with that being said, normally there is a sharp pain at the back of the thigh. If it is more severe, you might notice some swelling or bruising in that area as well.
I don’t want this to happen to you, so..
Pay particular attention to your exercises and how you are doing them
when stretching, stretch properly
When sprinting.. well.. you are a taking a chance because it tends to happen to runners. But don’t allow this to keep you from running!
- Protection, ice, compression, elevation and rest
- cold therapy and compression wraps should be used immediately and applied for 10-15 minutes and repeat it every hour for the 1st day.
- compression bandage and thigh supports are helpful to reduce swelling and help with the internal bleeding
- After the initial acute stage, you have a choice to use hot and cold alternating between the two.
- Using a foam roller will be helpful
- Professional therapist can perform massages on the area
- rehab may be necessary if more severe from a physical therapist
In all honesty this isn’t an injury you want to obtain and if it does happen, it isn’t the end of the world, but it might hurt a whole lot. Just for kicks, who has “pulled a hamstring” muscle before? how long did it take for yours to heal? I would love to hear everyone’s answers in the comment box & do me a favor..
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