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Ryan T Smith

Stretch Series and Mobility with Minor Hamstring Tear

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Ryan T Smith

I am recovering from a minor hamstring tear (tear is to muscle belly and not connective tissue), but do not want to stop all GST while in the recovery process. I am currently working through Foundation 1 with Middle Split and Front Split during a given week. Stretching seems to aggravate the hamstring tear (even light stretching).

What exercises can I continue, and which should I discontinue until fully healed?

Also, what indicators should I look for that indicate my hamstring is ready for more intense workload?

 

Thanks,

Ryan

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Alessandro Mainente

Hi Ryan, how did you tear the hamstring and where the tear is located?

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Ryan T Smith

I tore it playing baseball (accelerating between bases). The tear is about 4 inches above my knee.

I feel a little tightness when I do moderate straight leg stretching. I feel the most tightness with light bent knee stretches with anterior pelvic tilt (such as in Restore Hamstring). 

The tear happened almost 3 weeks ago now. 

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Alessandro Mainente

I think that in your case if the knees is affected by pain on the daily activity you should rest in this acute phase until the pain is gone.

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Ryan T Smith

If the knee is not affected, is there risk of over stretching it?

 

If so, what signs should I be looking for that indicate I am overdoing it?

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Alessandro Mainente

Many factors, for sure now with a tear the muscles is weak. probably 3 weeks are not enough for the repairing process.

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