Podcast cluster #1: Hamstring injuries

By Steffan Griffin (@lifestylemedic)

Do you want to brush up on a certain topic this week but can’t spare the time to trawl through the archives? As always, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to access freely available BJSM learning resources #ShapingThePath. So, if you want to learn about Hamstring’s A-Z, with experts such as Carl Askling and David Opar, scroll down for our top 5 suggestions.


  1. Hamstring Injuries with Carl Askling: http://bit.ly/1bcDzBi

Sweden’s Carl Askling explains new ways to categorise hamstring injuries – all ‘hammy’s are not the same! Listen to tips on how they can be diagnosed, treated, and monitored during the rehabilitation phase. He shares nuggets on how to assess athletes post-hamstring injury for return to sport, an often difficult and confusing process. Club doctors have been sacked for getting this wrong!

  1. Hamstring Injuries – the American perspective: http://bit.ly/1bcE7ah

A golden overview for the rush-hour traffic with former Olympian and now Professor of Sports Medicine, Tom Best, co-medical director of Ohio State University Sports Medicine. Pearls of wisdom from the injury process to the role of massage and NSAIDs in the rehabilitation process.

  1. Hamstring Injuries in football with Jan Ekstrand: http://bit.ly/1uzu9q7

This goes nicely with the May’s FIFA-edition of BJSM, providing a fantastic overview of SEM in football, from the role of football in global health to injury prevention strategies at the World Cup! One of the most respected researchers in the field, UEFA Champions League Study lead Professor Jan Ekstrand, discusses football-specific issues in hamstring injuries in football players. Are they the same clinical entity or do they need special treatment?

  1. Diagnosing and treating acute hamstring injuries: http://bit.ly/1zsDDDS

Introducing the most popular BJSM podcast EVER! Robert-Jan de Vos speaks to Gustaaf Reurink, author of the already famous 2014 NEJM paper on the role of PRP in acute hamstring injuries. In addition to summarising the results of this game-changing study, the Dutch sports physician discusses the value of clinical tests and MRI in acute hamstring injuries, and whether they can predict return-to-play and re-injury. Great clinical relevance.

  1. Eccentric hamstring exercise – they work in practice but not in theory? http://bit.ly/1H4ubNL

Internationally experienced physiotherapist Nicol van Dyk leads the discussion around Nordic hamstring exercises. What’s the role of eccentric strength in hamstring strain injuries as well as in their prevention and rehabilitation. Stellar guest is Dr David Opar, a rapidly emerging voice in this field. They discuss the injury mechanics as well as the revolutionary ‘Nordbord’ Nordic hamstring device, that looks into the potential of this device in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of hamstring injuries.

This should be enough for the drive to work for a week, or all the better if you listen to them whilst being active! Although you might be tempted to keep these to yourself, especially if people are wondering where all of this new-found wisdom has come from…remember #SharingIsCaring so please share with your colleagues or interact with us via twitter ( @BJSM_BMJ), Facebook or our Google + SEM Community!  And BJSM has a great mobile app – free on both platforms. Ideal way to follow BJSM podcasts plus way more – blog, YouTube videos ++.

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Steffan Griffin (@lifestylemedic) is a medical student at the University of Birmingham, currently completing an intercalated Sport & Exercise Science degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. As the conference lead for USEMS and an associate editor for the BJSM, he is passionate about pursuing a career in SEM.

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