In the NBA your legs are your life. Running down the court, jumping it’s all based on the movement of your legs. When you are injured, as Carlos Boozer has been with pulled or strained hamstring, you go on the bench.
Carlos Boozer has had a setback with his pulled hamstring muscle, which means he has to undergo treatment and then physical therapy again to regain the strength and mobility that the hamstring muscle provides.
What is the hamstring muscle? The hamstring muscle is actually a collection muscles on the back of your thigh. They are thick and fibrous tendons that allow you to move your leg at the knee joint.
How do you pull your hamstring? There are a number of causes of hamstring pulls or strains:
- Limited flexibility
- Weak muscle strength
- Over training
- Over exertion
- Quick starts and stops during athletic activity
What sports suffer the most hamstring pulls? Football, Baseball, Soccer, Track and field, and Basketball athletes will be at the most risk of having a pulled hanstring due to the constant starts and stop and explosive runs.
What are the symptoms of a pulled hamstring?
- Stiffness behind the knees
- Weakness behind the knees
- Pain on touch
- Trouble walking
- Difficulty extending your leg
What is the treatment for a hamstring pull?
- RICE – Rest, ice, compression and elevation
- Anti-inflammatory medication