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Screening to stave off hamstring injuries: hype or hope?

Hamstring injuries frequently plague soccer players. Andrew Hamilton looks at potential screening tests to identify athletes at an increased risk of hamstring failure and determines their worth to those seeking to avoid this debilitating injury. Hamstring strain injuries (HSIs) are one of the most common soccer injuries(1). Research suggests that HSIs account for around one in seven of all sporting injuries, and 47% of all muscle injuries(1,3)! Furthermore, a study of professional European soccer players found that, on average, a player w

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