Lumbo-pelvic neuromuscular control for the prevention of recurrent hamstring injuries in sprinting
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Introduction: Hamstring injuries are the most prevalent injuries that occur in sport that require sprinting and acceleration (Small et al., 2009). A bigger concern is the high rate of recurrent hamstring strains (Comfort, 2009). The concern is that conventional hamstring rehabilitation may be inadequate, to reduce the prevalence of a recurrent hamstring injury. This study will explore if lumbo-pelvic neuromuscular rehabilitation is currently included in the rehabilitation programmes aimed at the prevention of recurring hamstring injuries in athletes involved in sprinting sports, and secondly, if consensus can be reached amongst experts on the inclusion of lumbo-pelvic control in the prevention of recurrent hamstring injuries. Methods: The study was conducted in two phases. In the first phase a Scoping review was used to determine if lumbopelvic neuromuscular rehabilitation was used in the rehabilitation of hamstring injuries to prevent recurrent injury in sports that involve sprinting, and which types of exercises are commonly used. The second phase consisted of a Delphi study, which was conducted in three rounds of online surveys. Experts were asked if they thought lumbo-pelvic neuromuscular control was important in the rehabilitation of hamstring strains to prevent recurrent injuries, as well their views on specific lumbo-pelvic neuromuscular exercises.