Grade one Hamstring strain
There may be a sensation of Hamstring cramp/ tightness and a slight feeling of pain when the muscles are stretched or contracted.
Grade two Hamstring strain
The immediate treatment of a Hamstring muscle injury consists of the POLICE protocol –
I - ice
This is aimed at reducing the bleeding and damage within the Hamstring muscle tissue.
After the early stages have been spent resting, more active rehabilitation can be started. Realistically, for best results this should be started as early as possible.
Soft tissue mobilisation /IASTM
A hamstring strain or 'pulled hamstring' is a tear to one of the hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh.
A strain is characterised by immediate pain at the back of the thigh and can cause a loss of function.
This is one of the most common sporting injuries, especially in sports that involve kicking, sprinting, and other high-speed movements.
Hamstring strains are strains graded 1, 2, or 3 depending on how bad they are.
If you’ve had hamstring pain for a longer period of time and started very gradually, this is more likely a hamstring tendinopathy.
Hamstring injury is likely to occur during the late swing and late stance phase of running. This injury can cause significant loss of training and competition time.