Anyone who has played rugby or football before will tell you that one of the most common injuries you can suffer is a hamstring injury. You can suffer the injury due to poor stretching, over stretching or getting cold during a game and then having to sprint which causes the muscle damage as the sudden action either causes it to tear or strain. Sprinters or footballers often suffer this injury because of the quick turning actions during games.
Accident Advice Helpline recognises that during a game it’s easy to forget to stay active during lulls in the game, but the importance of stretching when there isn’t anything happening in a football, rugby or hockey game can’t be overstated. Hamstring injuries can rule you out of action for anywhere between a few weeks and four months.
How to treat a hamstring injury
- Rest the injured leg – When suffering from a hamstring injury one of the best treatments is rest. It is important to keep your leg elevated to minimise swelling. A way to keep all pressure off your injured leg is through the use of crutches. If you are suffering from a hamstring injury visit your doctor and ask for these.
- Ice and heat – To minimise swelling it is advised to use ice on an injury. For muscles, you should use a heat pack to stimulate the healing process.
- Compress the hamstring. Using elasticated bandage, wrap your leg up to reduce swelling which will also reduce pain.
- Take painkillers if necessary. If you’re in pain you can take pain killers but make sure they are don’t include steroids of any kind as this can be a real issue for competitive athletes. It’s important to be aware of the side-effects of the medication and needs to be run by your doctor first.
- For severe hamstring tears, surgery can be a necessity and can leave you out for months plus the physiotherapy that will be required to rehabilitate you.
Did someone cause you to suffer an injury on the football pitch?
If you suffered an injury on the football pitch due to someone else’s recklessness and you believe you are due compensation for your injury, call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to chat to a friendly and helpful advisor. We have over 16 years of experience as personal injury claims specialists and assure you that you are in good hands.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice