Anyone who knows about football and family relationships will tell you, it’s tradition for the children in the family to support your fathers’ football team. That being said, it was never going to be a hard decision for the children to choose between my beloved Notts County playing at Meadow Lane, or my wifes’ life-long support of Liverpool Football Club playing their swanky styled football at Anfield.
Now Liverpool football club have been in the news recently. They have a new coach – new life is being pumped into the squad. They are getting their mojo back. One thing that is becoming far more noticeable, is the injury list that seems to have blighted the club in more recent weeks. Currently, there are reported to be thirteen first team players receiving medical management for football injuries many of which seem to be the same type – hamstring injuries. So what’s going on at Liverpool Football Club? What is a hamstring injury? And, can anything be done to prevent them from happening in the first place?
Firstly, lets briefly explain to the masses. Muscles contract. They do so on the skeleton to move joints so we can move around in our environment. Nerve pathways from the brain down the spinal cord, exiting the lower back are responsible for sending the correct nerve signals in the correct sequence at the correct time to the muscles which make them contract.
The hamstring muscles are three muscles at the back of the thigh. They attach from the base of the pelvic bone (called the ishium) and, to the back of the knee. Hamstring muscles bend the knee joint.
So why do muscles suddenly strain / tear / rupture?
Ask a medical doctor or physiotherapist, they’d give you their spiel on ‘weakness’ of the affected muscle compared to other muscles in the leg.
Weakness of the muscle? Are you serious? These are young men at the peak of physical fitness under the guidance of conditioning coaches!
Perhaps it’s time to think outside the box. Here’s my take.
Joint out of position (knocks, trips, falls, posture, physical stress). The same bone that forms part of the joint has the hamstring muscles attached to it. There is a subtle increased tension in the hamstring muscle that is not noticeable until you overload the muscle in a game. End result? Hamstring strain / tear.
Joint position affects information feedback to the muscle.
Solution? Sort out the underlying joint issue and allow the muscle to become normal in tone, receiving the correct nerve signals, in the correct sequence, at the correct time.
Give me six months with the Liverpool football squad and I’ll decrease the incidence of hamstring injuries by ten-fold. But I won’t hold my breath waiting for Jurgens call!