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How long does it take a hamstring to recover?

This year at Malvern East Physiotherapy we’ve had the exciting opportunity to look after one of the largest amateur football clubs in the local area; De La Salle Amateur Football Club. Our physiotherapist Michael Scardamaglia is currently the club’s Head physiotherapist and Head of Medical Services. With the mid-season VAFA break, Michael has written a blog reflecting on the season so far.  

It has been a great year of learning and growth, which has involved countless hours of reading journal articles to scrub up on the latest return to play research. A particular area of interest for me has been reading up on hamstring injuries!

Hamstring injuries account for the most time lost on average among athletes participating in running based sports with an average 14% rate of new hamstring injuries per club per season. Moreover, more than one third of these hamstring injuries will suffer a recurrence within the first 12 months, most of those recurrences occurring in the first 2 weeks of returning to sport. Interestingly, at the elite level in the AFL, the estimated cost to clubs could be upward of $245,000 per season; a significant chunk that I’m sure these clubs would prefer to save rather than spend.


How long does it take a hamstring to recover?

That is a question with so many variables at play that it is difficult to put a blanket timeline on it, but there are some rough guidelines as to when we should expect to be back out there. Firstly, we must consider the location of the tear within the hamstring. The hamstring is more of a ‘complex’ than a
muscle alone. It consists of 3 muscles, with tendons that extend deep within the muscle belly to about two thirds of the way down the thigh. Tears within the middle of the muscle belly will generally be less severe, whereas tears in the central tendon will mean a much longer return to sport timeframe.

Secondly, the loss of function post injury will play a significant role in how long it takes to recover. Some hamstring injuries, although painful at the time, will settle enough that you can start some very light pain free running within 23 days of injury, whereas some other people will find it very difficult to tolerate that. Thirdly, the injury mechanism; how did you injure it? Followed lastly by, the loss of flexibility post injury. I think it is also worth noting that a history of hamstring injury will also play a key role both physically and psychologically. It has been postulated that a perceived high severity of injury can lead to longer return to play times even when all the other factors assessed (that we just listed
above) are rather minor.


In summary, minor hamstring injuries can see you return to play in as little as 23 weeks, but at the loss of function increases, that can balloon out to 46 weeks, or in the most severe cases 1216 weeks. My learning as a physiotherapist that has to manage a lot of these injuries across a football season with 56 teams at a club is that we need to keep doing lots of sprint work, hamstring strengthening and placing an emphasis on recovery to make sure we better manage these injuries as a community to limit the time lost playing.

If you are experiencing a hamstring injury or strain, be sure to book online or call our friendly team.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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