Hamstring Pull Recovery
This is part 6 of a multi-part series on hamstring pulls and rehabilitation.
I discussed hamstring pulls in several past articles:
- Hamstring Pulls: Gerard Mach Revisited
- How to Recover a Hamstring Pull: Eccentric Loading (featured guest article)
- Hamstring Injuries, the Iliopsoas and Imbalances
- Controversial Hamstring Workout for Rehab
- Rehab for Hamstring Pulls and Strains
At SpeedEndurance, I like to give real live examples of how people really train, and not present vague PowerPoint slides.
Before I moved to Europe in 2009, I had a track team with Derek Hansen back in Vancouver. (Derek and I put a lot of our conference material at http://www.strengthpowerspeed.com/store/ with more to come)
Our club was fairly successful given the size, our facilities and inclement weather conditions. One was a Bobsledder that represented Canada at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, and one was a sprinter that won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay.
So in this article, or should I say diary, we go back to 2008 when our Bobsledder, Steve Larsen, pulled his hamstring.
Hamstring Rehabilitation and Running Mechanics
Written by Derek Hansen
In 2008, I had the opportunity to do some hamstring rehab work on an athlete I had worked with in the past. He had been training another city for the past year and had torn his hamstring in a 30 meter sprint test. Four days later, he eventually made it back to my city and we had to undergo some pretty intensive hamstring rehabilitation. He had four weeks to be ready for his first competition (bobsled). This would have been more than enough time for us to work with him. Having worked with sprinters and speed athletes for some time, it was pretty familiar territory for me. I had no doubt that we would successfully rehab him in time for him to compete in top condition. It is important to note that the process we undertook is no different from the framework I outlined in an article titled Rehab and Dating Success on my site http://www.runningmechanics.com/.
The first day he was back under my supervision, we started with evaluation and observation. Simply speaking with the athlete and asking him about the injury and how it feels (standing, walking, sitting, getting out of bed in the morning, etc.) can yield a lot of useful information. Given that we were five days out from the initial injury, inflammation was not a significant concern for us. It was more about determining the athlete’s level of mobility and comfort.
[Jimson’s note: If you pull your left hamstring, try getting into the driver’s seat of a low sports car. If you pull your right hamstring, try getting into the passenger side. Report your findings to your coach.]