Chapter 6. Preventing Hamstring Injuries

  1. Roald Bahr MD, PhD4 and
  2. Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD4,5
  1. Geoffrey M. Verrall MBBS1,
  2. Árni Árnason PT, PhD2 and
  3. Kim Bennell BAppSc (Physio), PhD3

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch6

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

How to Cite

Verrall, G. M., Árnason, Á. and Bennell, K. (2009) Preventing Hamstring Injuries, in Sports Injury Prevention (eds R. Bahr and L. Engebretsen), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Sports Medicine, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo, Norway

  2. 5

    Orthopaedic Center, Ullevaal University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    SPORTSMED.SA, Sports Medicine Clinic, Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Physiotherapy, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

  3. 3

    Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162449

Online ISBN: 9781444303612



  • epidemiology of hamstring injuries in sports;
  • diagnosis of hamstring injuries;
  • time loss from hamstring injuries;
  • previous hamstring strain injury;
  • competition versus training;
  • knowledge of potential risk factors for hamstring muscle strains - important for development of preventive measures;
  • biomechanical load or decreased load tolerance;
  • stage of gait cycle


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology of hamstring injuries in sports

  • Key risk factors: how to identify athletes at risk

  • Injury mechanisms for hamstring muscle injuries

  • Identifying risks in the training and competition programs

  • Prevention measures

  • References

  • Further reading