Hamstring Rehabilitation exercises

As recently discussed, hamstring injuries are one of the most common injuries to occur in sport. As these have a high recurrence rate it is vital that as physiotherapists we get people back to their activity as soon as we can but, also limit the chances of injuring the hamstrings again.

There are 2 ways to injure your hamstring muscle group.

  • Running at high speeds
  • Over-stretching such as kicking or dancing

During both of these activities, the hamstrings must be in a lengthened position to strain, tear or pull the muscle group.

As a result, it is vital that during the rehabilitation process that lengthened position is stretched and strengthened to ensure the muscles are able to handle working within that range of movement and limit the chances of re-injury the next time you sprint, kick or dance.

Luckily there have been a few studies to explore the use of a specific rehabilitation protocol with very promising results. With the trail group returning to sport approximately 30-40 days quicker than the group that underwent a “normal” rehabilitation program.

At the Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Centres, we have been incorporating the following stretches and exercises into our practice of the past few months with very positive results. In the initial periods, all exercises should be done pain-free as to not further injured any muscle tissue.

The Extender

  • Bending and straightening your knee within pain-free range
  • 5 x 10 everyday

hamstring rehabilitation

The Diver

  • Stretching hands out in front while standing on the injured leg
  • 5 x 10 everyday

The Glider

These exercises can be used from day 1 in most cases of a low to mid grade strain. But as always it is vital to have an assessment from your Physiotherapist to insure it is indeed a hamstring strain, how severe it is, and the best level of exercise to start with. If you have any questions about hamstring injuries feel free to call 07 5535 5218 and chat to Addie, Luke or Jamie about your injury.

Sources and Resources

  • Acute hamstring injuries in Swedish elite football: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial comparing two rehabilitation protocols.
    Carl M Askling, Magnus Tengvar, Alf Thorstensson
  • Acute hamstring injuries in Swedish elite sprinters and jumpers: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial comparing two rehabilitation protocols.
    Carl M Askling, Magnus Tengvar, Olga Tarassova, Alf Thorstensson


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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