Nordbord Screening: Am I at risk of a hamstring tear this season?
It's pre-season training time and trial games are just around the corner.
Hamstring strain injuries are the most prevalent muscle injury in running sports, and the more time you spend sprinting the more likely you are to injure your hamstring. They generally keep you out of action for 4-6 weeks and if the tendon is involved, even longer. To make matters worse, once you've torn your hamstring, the odds are that you'll do it again. Age is also a major risk factor, but both of these factors can be mitagated with the right strengthening program.
There is good news however! The research world is in agreement that Nordic Curls can build bullet proof hamstrings (those of you that know about Nordic Curls will be already shaking at the thought of them). In fact, Nordic Curls can reduce your risk of tearing your hamstring by 70% and your risk of reinjury by 85% ! That sort of effectiveness is massive for an exercise that is easy to perform.
So, back to pre-season training. Do you know whether you're going to tear you hamstring next season? At Kinetic Sports Physiotherapy we are able to measure your risk using the Nordbord (check it out at www.valdperformance.com, it's pretty cool). The Nordbord hamstring testing system measures your hamstring strength and gives data about each leg in real time. From this we can analyse your risk profile, prescribe an injury prevention program and accurately re-assess your strength over time.
We are the only physiotherapy clinic in Newcastle with this technology. If you feel that you could benefit from testing or know someone that would, send us an email or give us a call!