With the school rugby season nearly upon us, it’s important that you have the right advice to on how to help your child deal with one of the most common rugby injuries: the hamstring tear.
Hamstring Tears in Rugby
The hamstring tear, also known as a hamstring pull or strain, causes many athletes to miss time on the field every year. The reason it’s so common is because the hamstrings are responsible for controlling the leg extension when sprinting and changing direction. Excessive strain is placed on the hamstring when the muscle becomes too fatigued or movement is too high for the muscle to control. Pelvic control is another common cause for hamstring tears in rugby, particularly when there are limitations in hip and core strength for example, if the pelvis tilts forward the hamstrings will become stretched and as a result are weaker and more likely to tear (see below)
Hamstring tears often happen while sprinting or changing direction at speed. You may feel a sharp pain in the moment or you may develop symptoms later. The muscle will tighten up to protect itself and pain may be exacerbated by bending forward or straightening your leg. In more serious injuries, you may experience a burning sensation and a throb in the hamstring. There might also be some tenderness and swelling.
How to stay fit to play rugby
Physiotherapy can help your child safely rehabilitate hamstring muscles and return safely to play. Our experienced sports physios will take your child through mobility and strength exercises, helping them to avoid another rugby injury. This is important because hamstring re-injuries are very common – the chances of which can be up to 60%. Thankfully, physiotherapy treatment for hamstring injuries will significantly reduce this risk.
The best way to protect your child against injury is by bringing them into Sports Focus for a full assessment. Not only can we strengthen and condition your child for rugby, but we can help you understand what it takes to make sure your child is ready to return to play after an injury.