how can i keep my hamstring healthy

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Dr. James L. Chen answered:

What are ways to keep my hamstring healthy?

Hamstring Strength

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Hamstring injuries are notoriously nagging injuries for athletes involved in explosive sports that involve sudden sprinting such as soccer, rugby, track & field, etc. Eccentric strength training of the hamstring has been shown to prevent hamstring pulls in elite soccer players. My recommended exercise to prevent hamstring injury is the eccentric Nordic exercise.
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How can you wrap up pulled hamstring?

Compresssion Wrap

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You may feel some relief/ support w/ a compression wrap, but make sure that you have taken time tp complete a progressive return to activity (especially vigourous activity). I have attached a link for basic hamstring wrapping... Please note the athlete is standing wi/ a slight bend in his knee. The wrap starts at the knee and works upward criss-crossing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO7v4NWpK-w
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Can icy hot work for a pulled hamstring?

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REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, ELEVATION -- If your injury occured 72+ hours ago then it is acceptable to switch to heat instead of ice, to deal with swelling. IcyHot doesn't cause the same healing effect of ice or heat. Topicals such as this are known as counterirritants that trick pain receptors, but really do nothing more than numb the area. You may also wish to try an NSAID, if you can take such.
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Dr. Ayo Adu answered:

How can one pull a hamstring on purpose?

Not easy

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A pulled hamstring is a strain of the hamstring muscle. This usually occurs when an eccentric load is placed on the muscle causing an excessive stretch or tear. This somewhat difficult to accomplish intentionally.
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Dr. Ayo Adu answered:

What can be done for a pulled hamstring?

It's a muscle strain

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A pulled hamstring is a strain of the hamstring muscle. This usually occurs when an eccentric load is placed on the muscle causing an excessive stretch or tear. Initial treatment involves rest, ice, compression with an ACE bandage, and elevation.
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How can I recover from a torn hamstring?

Torn Hamstring

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It depends on the severity. In general grade 1 strains usually recover in under 3 weeks. Grade 2 strains/tears - 4 to 6 weeks. Grade 3 tears - 8 to 12 weeks. Typically surgery is not recommended and recovery involves rest, stretching, and controlled strengthening. However, if 2 of the 3 tendons are avulsed from the origin, early surgery to repair the tendon to the origin would be an option.
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Dr. David Trettin answered:

How can I stretch out my torn hamstring?

Rest first...

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U want to rest a 'torn' hamstring first until it is nearly healed3-6 wks then can begin stretching : u can sit down and place your leg out straight , move your ankle back while u bend from the hip and touch your toes or heel. @ the same time u can have your opposite leg(knee) flexed to stretch your quads on other extremity. Maintain stretch and then switch sides... Best of Luck!
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How can I tell if I strained my hamstring?

Pain behind thigh

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Pain, often described as sharp, shooting in the back of the thigh, is the main symptom after a hamstring injury. Weakness and inability to flex at knee or bend at the waist toward the toes is also a common complaint. Rest, ice and decreased hip and knee flexion will help decrease acute pain. Physicl therapy may be indictedo help expedite functionl recovery as well.
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Dr. Audie Rolnick answered:

How can i loosen a tight hamstring muscle?

Stretching

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How can i recover from a hamstring strain?

Rest/ice/compress/PT

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initial rest in a relaxed position to rpevent further injury along with ice and compression (ace wrap) will hel control pain and swelling and allow for early healing. Once the acute pain is tolerable, gentle physical therapy is usually indicated to maximize your return of motion and strength
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