We take an objective look at the best practices in monitoring hamstring strength in athletes to recognise when they are at risk of injury...
Soccer is a high demand sport involving continually changing complex movement patterns, which presents a wide variety of musculoskeletal injury risk factors.
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 Local GPs turning up on match day with the ‘magic’ bucket and sponge have been replaced by specialist, often full-time, sports physicians, equipped with expert skills in clinical assessment, and knowledge of sport-specific injuries.
In sports over the last 8-10 years, we have seen an explosion of data collection. Screening protocols, sensors and wearables have provided an abundance of information about athletes during training and competition. The accumulation of data can (unfortunately) sometimes lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’.
The ability to detect the critical aspects of motion is pivotal to the role of a skilled practitioner and directly impacts on the resultant treatment or feedback that follows a perceptual-based movement evaluation. The success of the practitioner is likely dependent on their ability to discriminate often small yet important kinematic differences in movement or technique.