Senior rehabilitation coach of Leinster Rugby, Diarmaid Brennan, discusses the management of Hamstring Injuries during Kitman Labs’ 2017 European Summit.
A cynical question, perhaps, given that Kitman Labs is all about using sport science to increase player performance safely. But it’s a question continually asked, even if not 100% directly or so bluntly, by the coaches we meet every day.
Based on Kitman Labs research into player data collected from our Athlete Optimization SystemTM, we have noted that there is a distinct pattern of indicators preceding a hamstring injury that can be used to enhance injury monitoring and prevention protocols.
The doctor’s role in professional sport is changing. Local GPs turning up on match day with the ‘magic’ bucket and sponge have been replaced by specialist, often full-time, sports physicians, equipped with expert skills in clinical assessment, and knowledge of sport-specific injuries.
Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are one of the most common injuries in sport. In the NCAA the rate of LAS has been reported as 15%, however the actual amount of LAS sustained is thought to be substantially higher (30-50%) when the amount of people sustaining a LAS and not seeking medical treatment are taken into account