Hamstring Strains - Tennis

Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses hamstring strains in tennis.

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Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses hamstring strains in tennis.
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Featuring Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT
Hamstring Strains - Tennis
Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

In tennis, hamstring strains are often an acute injury that occur from the quick accelaration or from quick decelaration during the tennis strokes.

The hamstring strain is probably the most common injury to the thigh. The strain can occur in the mid-belly of the hamstring, or it can occur either lower down where the muscle and tendon insertion is, or it can occur in the insertion up at the ischial tuberosity.

In dealing with hamstring strains, we want to make sure that we follow the RICE philosophy. We can use certain types of supports, including core shorts or elastic bandages to add compression.

We want to then make sure that we're decreasing the amount of scar tissue that's being formed in the muscle belly and in the muscle tendon attachment and that can be done by seeing your physiotherapist, and they can give you a variety of different exercises as well as treating the area with different modalities to minimize the severity of a scar.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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