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Tender hamstring ?

Published: 30 Dec 2005 - 21:56 by Viper

Updated: 31 Dec 2005 - 08:26

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From Viper - 31 Dec 2005 - 08:26

Thanks Rita, I will attend to all you have said.

This site is such a great resource, well done.

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From rippa rit - 31 Dec 2005 - 07:18

Viper, this sounds all too familiar.
  •  It would not be uncommon for an aspiring player to complain of tight legs and glutes as  there is a lot of work and leg power in running to the front of the court to retrieve the drops and boasts. (That is why squash players develop these firm/tight little bums!)
  • This is also common when a player tries to go up a level and increases the training load. 
  • The more training the more the muscle bulks up which causes a shortening of the length of the muscle, hence more strain on the joint.
  • Also the hamstring may not be strong enough to withstand what you are expecting of it and running out of strength, so build up slowly, or you may be forced off the court and land back where you started.
  • Before and after squash stretch for at least 20 mins all of the muscle groups, as per the warmup/stretching link below.
  • Do yourself a favour, go to the Physio and get some exercises/stretches as you must loosen up those muscles as they are all attached from your back all the way down so it is probably being transferred all the way through.
  • Next thing get a Sports Massage.
  • If you do not get this back to par you will undoubtedly get a more permanent injury which will eventually result in a weakness and a build up of scar tissue.
  • Cannot help talking about bomb cars again, but it is "maintenance" - and, jokes aside, it only gets worse!!.

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From Viper - 30 Dec 2005 - 22:40   -   Updated: 30 Dec 2005 - 22:40


It is a soreness that appears after about 6 games, it is enough that I rub it through the rest of play but I can play on.

After a day or so it dissapears.

Recently I developed soreness in the buttock on the same leg, the two seem to be connected in some way, is this likely ?

I have not played for nearly 2 weeks now, should I expect it to be cured for good, do you cure these types of strains ?

I first developed it whilst jogging btw.

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From rippa rit - 30 Dec 2005 - 22:19   -   Updated: 30 Dec 2005 - 22:39

Viper - RICE is the acronym (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation).
  • If you want to have a chronic problem just keep aggravating it by playing.
  • If you want to have it heal, give it Ice and stretch within the limits of pain.
  • Movement is good within the limit of pain too.
  • The average injury will take 3/4 days depending on the severity.
  • Revise warm-up and stretching.
If after a couple of days it is not getting better go see a Sports Physio.

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