Hamstring muscle strain injuries: what can we learn from history?
Bruce Hamilton
Br J Sports Med 2012;46:900-903

Hamstring muscle strain injuries remain one of the most challenging issues facing sports medicine. Over the past 100 years, there has been a gradual evolution in our understanding and management of hamstring injuries, but the challenge of optimising the management of the acutely injured hamstring remains. In recent years, increasingly high-quality studies have addressed the aetiology, risk factors and management of hamstring strains. Paradoxically, many popular treatment options have little evidence and remain controversial. The history of hamstring injury management is characterised as a longstanding dissociation between popular clinical techniques and a limited evidence base. Taking a historical perspective on the management of hamstring muscle strains, this study aims to place the current management strategies in a temporal perspective.

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