Hamstring Strains: From Onset to Rehabilitation with Sports Therapy in Guildford – Part 3

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5 Tips to Rehabilitate a Hamstring Strain at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford

Completing an effective rehabilitation programme is vital in ensuring a complete recovery from a hamstring strain. In the final part of our 3 part blog series on hamstring strains, we share 5 tips for effective hamstring strain rehabilitation from our expert team at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford.

Mobility
Paying attention to good tissue mobility is an important step in restoring hamstring function after a hamstring strain. Whilst most people automatically go to stretching when we talk about mobility, certainly in the early phases post-hamstring strain we want to focus on self massage to tolerance levels and avoid elongating the muscle with static stretching. This helps the muscle fibres repair and affords us an outlet to have a positive effect on any neural hyperactivity/guarding. Tools such as foam rollers and massage guns can help with this, as can massage with our team of sports massage specialists at our sports therapy clinic in Guildford. 

Strength
Targeted strength exercises for the hamstrings and surrounding hip musculature help to rebuild strength and improve muscle function. As we learnt in the first part of this blog series, the hamstrings are biarticular and as such strength work needs to focus on hamstring function around both the hip and the knee. Additionally, the hamstrings act as a brake during many sporting movements so benefit from loading with a focus on the eccentric component of lifts, which is where muscles are lengthened under tension. Our sports therapy team at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford are experts in strength exercise programming during rehabilitation and work closely with the strength coaches at Advance Performance at our HQ at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, to return athletes to full function and return to play in a safe and robust manner.

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Proprioception
Exercises that enhance proprioception (awareness of body position) and balance contribute to improved stability. Whilst the hamstring isn’t a pre-dominant stabiliser, improving hamstring co-contraction with surrounding muscles such as glutes, quadriceps, calfs, can improve function and have a positive impact on return to play. Additionally, the management of knee position at extension is part of the role of the hamstring, so incorporating that exposure in your hamstring strain rehabilitation programme is important for knee health.

Soft Tissue Therapy
As well as some general mobility work, patients rehabilitating from a hamstring strain also benefit from specific soft tissue work with our team of sports massage specialists at seventy9 Sports Therapy in Guildford.

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Graduated Return to Play
A structured return to play plan, overseen by our sports therapists in Guildford, ensures a gradual, safe and effective reintroduction to sport and exercise, minimising the risk of re-injury. At seventy9 Sports Therapy, we are skilled and experienced in return to play protocols for athletes across a wide variety of sports and injury types. Why not contact our sports therapy clinic in Guildford today to see how we can help you?


At our sports therapy clinic in Guildford, we understand the multifaceted nature of hamstring strains. From understanding their origins to providing comprehensive initial injury management and rehabilitation strategies, our goal is to guide individuals through a seamless recovery journey. If you have experienced a hamstring strain recently, or are concerned about the effectiveness of your rehabilitation post-hamstring strain, or are just struggling with some hamstring discomfort with or without exercise, why not contact seventy9 Sports Therapy for expert evaluation and personalised care? Don’t forget, you can also book an appointment using our online booking system.