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Infographic. Recommendations for hamstring injury prevention in elite football: translating research into practice
  1. Matthew Buckthorpe1,2,3,
  2. Steve Wright4,
  3. Adam Virgile5,
  4. Mo Gimpel4
  1. 1Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK
  2. 2Education and Research Department, Isokinetic Medical Group, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Bologna, Italy
  3. 3Isokinetic Medical Group, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, London, UK
  4. 4Southampton Football Club, Southampton, UK
  5. 5College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew Buckthorpe, Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK; mbuckthorpe{at}

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Hamstring strain injuries (HSI) are consistently the most prevalent time-loss injury in football1 and as such are an important issue in football medicine. Despite an ever-increasing wealth of information emerging on the aetiology of HSIs, their incidence in football are increasing.1 This could be explained by the increased intensity and physical demands of football match play over the last decade2; but practitioners should also question their approach to injury prevention and physical preparation of players.

Within elite football, there is a large disconnect between evidence-based practice and the actual interventions …

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  • Contributors MB conceived the idea for the infographic and associated paper. MB wrote the document. AV produced the infographic with intellectual input from all authors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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