Hamstring Injury Prevention Practices in Elite Sport: Evidence for Eccentric Strength vs. Lumbo-Pelvic Training

Following from last week’s excellent review article by Matthew Bourne and colleagues, this week we have another review paper by Dr Anthony Shield and Matthew Bourne on the abovementioned topic. More hamstring gold from the hamstring research group!

Open access: NO (but a non-downloadable view-only version is available)

First online: 15 November 2017

The main aim of the review was to investigate what the current evidence tells us about the use of lumbo-pelvic training and eccentric strengthening exercises to prevent hamstring injuries.

Despite the belief by many in elite sport that lumbo-pelvic training is important in the prevention of hamstring injuries, there appears to be very small amount of evidence to support this. According to the authors, only one small prospective study has been found that looked at the effects of pelvic and trunk positions during sprinting on hamstring injury.

In contrast we know that there is substantial evidence to support the use of eccentric strengthening exercises to prevent hamstring injuries, given adequate adherence.

Of course this is not to say that lumbo-pelvic training does not have a place in rehab, but if our goal is to prevent hamstring injuries, we should focus on interventions that have proven to be effective in the current available evidence.

Please click on the link below to access the review article:

Shield, A. and Bourne, M. (2017) Hamstring Injury Prevention Practices in Elite Sport: Evidence for Eccentric Strength vs. Lumbo-Pelvic Training. Sports Medicine.

Again kudos to the authors for sharing the full article, albeit view-only and non-downloadable. Please click here to read the full review!

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