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It is well recognised that the hamstrings are susceptible to acute strain injury during high-speed running. However, the particular phase of the sprinting gait cycle at which hamstring injury occurs remains a debated topic. Video footage and athlete anecdotes have contributed to the discussion, but do not provide sufficient temporal resolution to fully answer the question. In this paper, we briefly review: (A) biomechanical data obtained from healthy athletes; (B) case studies of injuries during biomechanical experiments; and (C) clinical outcomes from intervention studies. We believe all of these support the premise that late swing phase is the likely time when the biarticular hamstrings are most vulnerable to injury.
Competing interests None.
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