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2007/06/14 11:05:16 (permalink)
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Hamstring went pop! Recovery help

I was playing in what was supposed to be a fun 7 aside rugby match yesterday and whilst i was sprinting for a tackle i felt my hamstring pop, i dropped like a sack of **** and now im limping arround like the 28th member of the so solid crew! I can walk on it just, bending down is near impossible and now im panicing that this my seriously affect my future training goals!

Anyone else had a similar injury and have any advice?

Please dont say its the end of squats n deads for me
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    TREBOR
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 11:06:22 (permalink)
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    No advice but hope its nothing to serious mate.
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 11:09:17 (permalink)
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    Might want to speak with Dirtyvest, he did his hamstring in the past.
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 11:12:50 (permalink)
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    Obviously the first and most important thing is to minimise the damage by applying ice as much as possible

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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 12:58:23 (permalink)
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    Ice it for the first few days to reduce inflammation, maybe even some ibuprofen if its bad. Ones it starts to feel better, start to become more active and start stretching regulary.

    If it becomes a regular problem then you may have other issues that need fixing!

    I have pulled my hamstrings so many times its unreal!!!!

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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 13:21:51 (permalink)
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    See a sport therapist
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 14:21:08 (permalink)
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    It's going to be the end of squats and deads for a little while i'm afraid...

    First 48-72 hours you should be concentrating on keeping activity leaves to a minimum (as little weight bearing as possible), compression is possibly the most important part of RICE, follow by rest and elevation, ice hardly decreases any swelling at all. It does however decrease pain by slowing the transmittion rate of the nerves. If you want to use Ice, you don't want to have it applied for any longer than 12 minutes at a time, and you need to let the muscle return to normal temp before reapplying. Any longer and you'll increase the swelling (hunting lewis response).

    If you tore the muscle in the belly, then you are in a better position than i was in (i tore it on the musculo-tendinous junction where the blood flow is crap, and therefore takes longer to heal). After the first 72 hours you need to be adding some light nature tensions, walking and the such, and light stretching (more pain certainly does not equal more gain here!).

    Depending on your progression you can then start adding some strengthening exercises (isloation ones like very light leg curls) any pain or swelling and you need to ease off again. Once the strength starts to return you can add functional exercises like single leg squats (partial weight bearing then full weight bearing), and then you should be able to move onto your normal activities. Each progression is obviously dependant on how you are progressing.

    As for a time scale, it depends on the grade of tear you have, could be anything from 3-4 weeks to a couple of months.

    That's a very very basic model for your rehab (it's the same for pretty much every injury actually), but it gives you an idea.

    Scar tissue has a tendency to contract as well, so you'll probably end up having to keep it well stretched for the rest of your training life (this is a pain, but necessary).

    Hope that helps.
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 14:41:10 (permalink)
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    LMFAO sorry mate i am not laughing at the injury but more how you explained it

    I wish you a speedy recovery
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/14 21:23:58 (permalink)
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    Thanks Walnaldinho, useful reply. I had no access to ice so that was out the window, now its over 24 hours later the pain is much reduced but the muscle is very stiff and pain appeard to be located in the muscle belly, but that is only a guess. After 7 years of training im just developing the physique i wanted and have finaly been considering comps etc so this is a real blow. I know that if a take more than a few weeks off im looking at considerable size and strength loss, just hope im on the mend ASAP
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/15 02:32:47 (permalink)
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    I frigged up my hammys in the past due to a dumbass Kung fu teacher who reckoned he could stretch my leg into a full vertical split.(idiot did the same thing to a few other people in the past I found out later).

    Anyway, the hamstring was fcuked for the entire year - October 00 to October 01, and actually got worse over the course of time, so much that I would have intense pain sitting in a class room.

    Not long after I got severe shin splints from long distance running and had to stop training for a year (dumbass doctors advice). 1 year and 3stone of fat later, my hamstrings were healed, my shins were no longer painful although the shins have never been right since.


    Do yourself a favour and avoid all this crap by going to a SPORTS doctor
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/15 02:52:21 (permalink)
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    I tore a hamstring accidentally doing the splits after a irl bumped into me at a "roller disco"
    took a month or so to heal, but I was young then...
    also buggered up my chance at representing my school at an interschool athletics meet
    my old mind wanders.....

    SQ:170 BP:172.5 DL:265 OHP:120(strict)



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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/15 09:02:54 (permalink)
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    It means the end of rugby

    As far as I know, forgiveness is for the benefit of the person doing the forgiving, not the one being forgiven
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/15 11:21:56 (permalink)
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    Dead right Pete, will think twice about so much as getting my ass of the sofa unless its to go to the gym in the future!
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    RE: Hamstring went pop! Recovery help 2007/06/15 11:37:50 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Dan Nukem

    I frigged up my hammys in the past due to a dumbass Kung fu teacher who reckoned he could stretch my leg into a full vertical split.(idiot did the same thing to a few other people in the past I found out later).

    Anyway, the hamstring was fcuked for the entire year - October 00 to October 01, and actually got worse over the course of time, so much that I would have intense pain sitting in a class room.

    Not long after I got severe shin splints from long distance running and had to stop training for a year (dumbass doctors advice). 1 year and 3stone of fat later, my hamstrings were healed, my shins were no longer painful although the shins have never been right since.


    Do yourself a favour and avoid all this crap by going to a SPORTS doctor



    My shins aren't right either... mashing a hamstring tends to mess your biomechanics and gait if you don't do the proper rehab which affects other areas - weakest link and all that. Only just sorting things out now with an hour plus worth of exercises and stretches a night.


    Quarantine, you can still train... just not legs or deads for a few weeks. Damage limitation job for you until you can start training properly again. Put it this way, it's better to miss a few weeks now than a few months later. Once you start developing chronic recurrent injuries it becomes much more of an issue.

    From your description it sounds like you should be stretching by now, and trying to increase you range of motion again.

    If you need someone to monitor your progression then you should go and see a sports therapist - as stated above- bit pricey at times, but i paid for one even though i did my degree in it, just to assess the situation for my last problem (it tends to be quite hard to assess yourself!).

    To be honest, pain is always the limiting factor with rehab though and if you get any signs of swelling and inflammation after you've trained, you know you need to get back on the 'RICE' protocol, and take your progression a little bit slower than you were. There really isn't any magic trick to it, it's just a case of controlling your erge to do too much too soon.


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