Question 7: Outcomes on future performance


A hamstring injury can have both physical and mental impacts upon an athlete's future performances.

Mental impacts:
  • Fear of re-injury
  • Adjustment to injury

The mental impact of a hamstring injury can be significantly detrimental for many athletes. Athletes may become conscious of re-injuring their hamstring, and may stray away from instances that caused injury to their hamstring in the first place e.g going up for a mark in AFL. The mental impact of a hamstring injury can be significant, however it is common in today's sports that sports psychologists and physiotherapists can provide assistance in dealing with the psychological impacts of previous injuries.

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Physical impacts:

As mentioned earlier, if athletes return to their sports insufficiently rehabilitated, they are more susceptible to re-injuring themselves. If an athlete returns to the field not fully rehabilitated, the flexibility and muscle strength of the hamstring would be significantly weaker; heightening the risk of re-injury.


On a more positive note, one particular finding of statistics indicate that in the AFL, the number of reoccurring hamstring injuries is diminishing. This is largely due to the greater amount of knowledge and importance placed upon rehabilitation & injuries by physiotherapists and doctors among sport today.
Year
'97
'98
'99
'00
'01
'02
'03
'04
'05
'06
'07
'08
'09
Recurrence rate
(hamstring strains)

38%
36%
31%
37%
25%
30%
27%
22%
26%
16%
22%
25%
17%

(Orchard, 2010)