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Old 02-17-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hamstring Injury Rehab

I pulled my hamstring last week playing soccer, not seriously, but enough to make me limp for a few days. I read the rehab suggestions from Rippetoe's website: http://www.************.net/forum/showthread.php?t=700 It says to do squats for rebuilding the leg muscles. My question is whether it would be better to do something like deadlifts or RDLs instead. Any input or advice would be appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Re: Hamstring Injury Rehab

Straight leg deadlifts with SLOW eccentrics. Very light weight, high reps. GHR with slow negaties may work as well.

Gotta get the eccentric motion of the hamstring strong.

What happens is that the hamstrings fatigue while running so when you swing your leg forward in your stride, the hamstrings aren't strong enough to decelerate the leg and the muscle pulls. This is why a lot of kickers/punters/soccer/etc. players tend to get hamstring pulls as well.... strong acceleration kicking the ball, but the hams are too weak to decelerate the leg.
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Re: Hamstring Injury Rehab

How long should I give it before I start raising weight and start beginning to jog/run?
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:14 PM   #4
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Re: Hamstring Injury Rehab

Depends on how bad it was.... I'd definitely stick with fairly light eccentrics for a couple weeks. Then work up the poundage week by week instead of workout by workout.

Pulled hammies tend to be aggravated or restrained pretty easily.
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Re: Hamstring Injury Rehab

Look up Bill Starr and lower back/hamstring rehab.
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