Eddie Smith shares how the state powerhouse Katy Tigers are reducing the fear of hamstring injuries during rehab for their athletes.
There have been 6000 papers published about hamstring injuries
The research is all over the place.
The only real consensus is Nordic hamstring curls
We start with NSAIDs
The next day we start with movement
As soon as they can walk pain-free we get them back on the field
We use short lever arm exercises
We use Catapult for GPS data and can help know when our players are working within a safe range.
If it is a larger injury, how do you talk them through the mental aspect?
Know your athlete
Communicate with all of the stakeholders
Mom and dad
0-80% is easy, but 80-100% is the really hard part.
Educate them on some of the options: PRP, Cryo, …anything that will help them feel better.
Mentally they are prepared, physically they are not.
How do we reduce the recurrence of injury?
The first two weeks are most commonly the time frame for reinjury
Repeat the exposure incident over and over again.
I like to have them sprint over and over again.
How do we recreate sprinting for the kids that can not?
We want to train on the speed-strength continuum as much as possible
Gymaware is the bar speed program we use.
Nordic Hamstring curl
- Highest-rated prevention exercise
- Activates the highest quantity of muscle fibers
How can we implement “reducing the fear” into off-season or pre-season programming?
Implement the eccentric
Are there any hamstring quad deficits
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