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Conservative interventions for acute hamstring injuries (PEDro synthesis)
  1. Amy Jo Vassallo1,2,
  2. Claire E Hiller1,3,
  3. Evangelos Pappas1,2,3
  1. 1Faculty of Health Sciences, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3Faculty of Health Sciences, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Amy Jo Vassallo, Faculty of Health Sciences, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group, University of Sydney, Sydney Australia, 75 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia; avas0473{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Pas H, Reurink G, Tol JL, et al. Efficacy of rehabilitation (lengthening) exercises, platelet-rich plasma injections, and other conservative interventions in acute hamstring injuries: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med 2015;49:1197–205.


Acute hamstring injuries are common, with significant consequences for sport performance. However, despite this, there is no current consensus on their best practice management due to a lack of scientific evidence on the efficacy of available interventions.1


This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to assess the efficacy of conservative (non-surgical) interventions for the treatment of acute hamstring injuries and reassess the status of the newly available literature since a previously published systematic review.1

Searches and inclusion criteria

Six databases were searched (PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane, CINAHL and SPORTDiscus). Randomised control trials (RCTs) were …

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  • Correction notice This paper has been amended since it was published Online First. The third author's first name was spelt incorrectly and this has now been updated to ‘Evangelos’.

  • Contributors AJV selected the systematic review, interpreted the data and wrote the manuscript. CEH and EP critically reviewed the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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