A lot of hamstring origin tendon issues are coming into the clinic recently.
This is a classic runners injury that can be avoided with the right preventative advice. 🙏
Like any tendon concern, typically these become symptomatic when a load applied to it is beyond its capability to adapt and respond to – especially if it occurs over a few sessions, back to back.
⏰The earlier these are treated, the easier they are to treat.⏰
1️⃣In the early phases they are what we call “reactive”, which means that:
- If you bring the load back
- Loosen the areas that you are compensating in
- Provide strength to the appropriate tissues
upon reloading the tendon typically adapts, responds and settles well.✅
2️⃣If symptoms persist and the load continues to be inappropriate for the level of fitness or running history, the problem can become embedded.
A range of issues can contribute to this such as:
- a lack of hip mobility
- hamstring flexibility
- hamstring strength
- gluteal strength
- core control
- too much speed work
- poor running mechanics
They can be fixed with a more chronic presentation, but the treatment required varies substantially to the reactive tendon.
⏰Please get on it quickly.⏰