Hamstring tear

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Hamstring tear

Postby Guest » Mar 01, 2004 23:42

Dear all,

I just wanted to get a second opinion on an injury I am dealing with.

In Mid-DEc I was performing a TKD pattern and I was executing a high kick and I felt hat can only be described as my hamstring "unzipping" from high near the hip bone to about 3 or four inches down.

My physio said it was probably a small tear with some straining further into the muscle and I should rest for a few weeks and then gradually build it up with light dynamic stretches, such as some leg swings, stair climing and some leg movements designed to work out the muscle.

So I'm doing this for the past 3-4 weeks and I am noticing improvement and a great degree of mobility. I'm just wondering is there something another point of view would suggest.

points of view welcomed.

Patrick Falvey

Postby irishtkd » Mar 01, 2004 23:43

sorry - thats my post for some reason my id didnt attach - sorry :)
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Postby mmeloon » Jan 20, 2005 14:24

I'm not a physician but I do have experience with hamstring injuries. Quite frankly, if you have a hamstring tear then I find it amazing that you are able to do something after just a few weeks of rest. That sounds more indicitive of a hamstring pull to me.

It is also my opinion that simply "resting" a hamstring injury is probably not enough. Again, I don't know the severity of your injury so I can't comment with any degree of certainty. Hamstring injuries are notorious and have ended the career of many professional athletes who probably have genetically superior recuperative abilities to you. I could see three weeks off from activity if (a) it is a pull and not a tear and (b) you were getting treatment like ultrasound or massage.

You'll have to see how things feel but be very critical. If you are doing leg raises or anything else and feel discomfort in your hamstring, then you have not healed and you need to cease activity.

Good luck. And do not underestimate a hamstring injury.
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Postby irishtkd » Sep 17, 2007 09:27

I'd forgotten all about this.

the story with that injury as you may have noticed from the dates was that from Mid-dec until mid feb I couldn't do anything except hobble about.

the 3-4 weeks of light excercise occured probably 8 weeks after the initial injury. It was actually may or so before I was anywhere near back to decent mobility. I certainly didn't train properly until well into May or June.

So you're right, a trained pro athlete would have come back quicker (although I question your confidence that they are genetically superior - I'll wait for the results of tests on that one ;) ) As it was careful monitored I'm happy to say that 3 years later I've not had a hamstring injury since.

whether it really was a tear I don't know but i will agree wholeheartedly that hamstring injuries are well worth taking seriously!
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hamstring tear

Postby elskbrev » Sep 19, 2007 10:33


You wrote:
I'm happy to say that 3 years later I've not had a hamstring injury since.

I am very interested in knowing what sort of rehabilitative exercises you did consistently over the past three years to maintain your hamstrings and prevent reinjury.

Hamstrings tears are the most common injury I hear about at the dojang. I would like to know how to make mine as strong and flexible as possible.

Best regards,
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