Do Nordic hamstring exercises prevent hamstring injuries?
This high quality RCT recruited 579 amateur soccer players into either a control group that performed 'normal training' or a intervention group that performed 13 weeks of nordic hamstring strengthening. The intervention group suffered 2/3 less (p=0.005) hamstring injuries than the control group over the season.
Hamstring injuries remain one of the most common muscular injuries in sports that require sprinting and cutting movements. There are still conflicting views on the protective benefits of nordic hamstring exercises despite encouraging evidence over the past decade.
The authors used a graded nordic hamstring program to allow the hamstrings to adapt to eccentric training and try to limit the amount of DOMS the athletes experienced. After a 13 week Nordic hamstring strengthening program the athletes were monitored for hamstring injuries the following season. The intervention group suffered 6 hamstring injuries, while the control group suffered 18 hamstring injuries.
This high quality, randomised controlled trial provides further evidence to support the preventative effect of Nordic hamstring exercises on hamstring injuries in soccer players
> From: Van der Horst et al., Am J Sports Med 43 (2015) 1316-1323. All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the Pubmed summary.