NFL Players Most Likely to Strain Hamstrings During the Pre-SeasonWritten by Laura Miller | February 28, 2011
Hamstring strains are a cause of disability among National Football League players and the majority of these injuries occur during the pre-season, according to a report in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Researchers prospectively collected data for every NFL team on hamstring injuries from 1989-1998 using the NFL's Injury Surveillance System. There were 1,716 reported hamstring strains and more than half of these occurred during the league's seven-week preseason.
The most commonly injured positions were the defensive secondary (23.1 percent of injuries), wide receivers (20.8 percent of injuries) and special teams (13 percent of injuries). The researchers recommended these positions as foci for preventative interventions.
Read the abstract for about muscle strains among players in the NFL.
Read other coverage on sports medicine injuries:
- AOSSM: Hamstring Tendon Grafts Better for ACL Reconstruction
- Study: Shockwave Therapy Safe for Treating Hamstring Injury
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