Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Elliott Aims to Take Strain; MORE Research H Is Needed on Preventing Hamstring Injuries. Health H Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Elliott Aims to Take Strain; MORE Research H Is Needed on Preventing Hamstring Injuries. Health H Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

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Atic the mhas NEW, systemat review into t research of ha string injuries h revealed not enough known about the effe iveness of current preve tion methods for one the most common spor injuries. is ctenof rts rap-Uniiott only rch ods een ionpite The review by physiother ist and Northumbria U versity graduate Elli Goldman has revealed o six key pieces of resear on prevention metho for the injury have be published internati ally.This is desp hamstring injur blighting careers of som the world's footballers a having direct imp on the bott line of clu worldwide Now Elliott, 29 calling physiothera and coach from the top-fli sports clubs down grass-roots level, help prevent hamstr injuries by incorporat prevention techniques, wh have been highlighted as be ries the e of top anda pact tom ubs e.

, is on pists hes, ight n to to ring ting hich eing effective in current research, i their prevention programmes. into apy and These include manual thera applied to the spine a specialised strengthening exercises, and Elliott hopes physiotherapists and coaches will collect their own evidence to develop the research and help facilitate change in practice.

"In orde individua incorpo methods practic have th proves needs ac practiti and ind er als orate s ce, he s it the Elliott said: "I really expected to find a huge amount of research material in this area, as hamstring injuries are so common and there are a number of different methods currently used to help prev injury. "I was keen to find out if th was evidence to support particular method or range methods of prevention. oners, vent herea of "However, after an extens sive trawl of both published and unpublished literature, I discovered that very little research has been done to support the methods currently used in practice to prevent hamstring injuries.

"As these injuries can have a devastating effect on an individual's career and a massive economic impact on some of the top flight clubs, I believe it is essential that further research is undertaken."

convince and teams to prevention every day need to evidence that works. That support of Elliott's research, titled Interventions for Preventing Hamstring Injuries has now been published by the influential Cochrane Collaboration in the Cochrane Library - the world leader in evidence-based healthcare.

coaches alike" It analyses the effectiveness and strength of evidence behind current methods of preventing hamstring injuries.

The hamstring muscles are situated at the back of the thigh and injuries, most commonly seen in footballers and basketball players, can have a devastating impact -causing agonising pain, requiring extensive rehabilitation and very often leaving a player prone to further injury.

A range of techniques are currently used to help prevent the injury. These include exercise to strengthen and lengthen the hamstring muscles, spinal manual therapy, massage, proprioceptive balance training and plyometrics - although current evidence for the use of these techniques can neither be supported or refuted.

Elliott's research into the effectiveness or otherwise of the current prevention methods began as part of his MSc in physiotherapy at Northumbria University, when he undertook the research project for his dissertation.

Following graduation, he teamed up with his research supervisor, Dr Anna Jones, from Northumbria's School of Health, Community and Education Studies, to approach the Cochrane Collaboration in a bid to develop the research further.

He joined Cochrane's Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma group and his research was enhanced with input from contributors as far afield as Edinburgh and New Zealand. …

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