Hamstring Injuries are typically treated with a variety of physiotherapy modalities, stretching and strengthening exercise.

Most hamstring injuries occur during running or sprinting. A number of aetilogical factors may be present in the incidence of hamstring injuries.

Grade 2 hamstring injuries have traditionally been considered to be a problem area in terms of rehabilitation and return to sport – typically 3 weeks or more are required before full resumption of normal sporting activity.

By commencing running at an earlier time, progressively increasing speed, acceleration and deceleration work, combined with stretching and strengthening exercise, earlier return has been demonstrated clinically.

This program presents an outline of a specific running protocol, specific to field hockey players, but appropriate for other sporting disciplines.