Hamstring Strain in High School Athletes
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03248011|
Recruitment Status : Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : August 14, 2017
Last Update Posted : March 7, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Strains Thigh||Other: Stretching Other: Strengthening Other: Neuromuscular||Not Applicable|
Hamstring strains are a significant problem for basketball athletes across levels of play for both sexes. The impact of hamstring muscle strains (HSMS) is significant. Injuries typically result in persistent symptoms and lengthy recovery periods which limit the athlete's practice and play time. Even more significantly, HSMS have high rates of reinjury. It is estimated that approximately one-third of hamstring strains are recurrent. Given the high incidence of HSMS and the substantial tendency for injuries to recur, it has been advocated the greatest impact may be achieved by the development of improved techniques for prevention of initial injury.
Multiple risk factors for HSMS have been identified. Perhaps the strongest modifiable risk factor associated with HSMS is an imbalance between quadriceps and hamstring strength, specifically the eccentric hamstrings and concentric quadriceps strength ratio. The rationale is that sufficient eccentric capacity of the hamstring muscles is necessary to offset the concentric quadriceps contraction during the terminal swing phase of running. Not surprisingly, prevention programs that emphasize eccentric hamstring strengthening have been effective in reduction of HSMS injury rates.Prospective studies have demonstrated mixed results regarding the relationship between hamstring flexibility and hamstring injury, and the effectiveness of a flexibility program for reduction of the incidence of HSMS remains controversial. Stretching duration, frequency, timing of stretching relative to sports activities and the type of stretch being performed have been suggested as important factors in the effectiveness of a flexibility program at reducing injury occurrence. In addition, reduced hip flexor and quadriceps flexibility has been identified as a risk factor for HSMS. Further investigation is necessary to determine if a flexibility program that addresses both anterior and posterior thigh musculature reduces injury risk. The role of neuromuscular (NM) deficits as a risk factor in HSMS injuries is unclear. Inclusion of NM exercises in a six week training period improved lower extremity control and movement discrimination, which has been suggested to contribute to HSMS injury prevention. However, the impact of a NM injury prevention program on HSMS rates has not been established.
Sheer wave elastography (SWE) represents an emerging imaging technology. This real-time imaging technique evaluates the local mechanical properties of muscles. Thus, SWE has the potential to provide more sensitive insight into muscle stiffness than flexibility assessment. Recent studies have utilized this technique to evaluate the effect of lower extremity positioning on hamstring stiffness. The relationship between stiffness measures obtained using SWE and HSMS has not, however, been established.
Key gaps in knowledge regarding HSMS injury prevention programs remain. Most critically, the effectiveness of HSMS prevention programs among basketball athletes is unknown. Furthermore, the comparative effectiveness of eccentric, flexibility, and NM training for reduction of HSMS injuries is also unknown. Assessment of lower extremity strength, rate of power production, flexibility, and stiffness (captured with SWE) may elucidate the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of injury prevention training, and aid in enhancement of injury prevention programs. Thus, the potential impact of this proposal is profound as our investigative team aims to fill these gaps in knowledge. Ultimately, the results of this study have the potential to 1) reduce injuries among basketball athletes and consequently enhance and lengthen athletic careers, 2) provide scientific rationale underlying the effects of HSMS injury prevention training, and 3) determine if a novel ultrasound imaging technique may be effective in determining risk for HSMS.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||1000 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||This is a prospective, randomized, repeated measures single- blind clinical trial.|
|Masking Description:||Group assignment will be masked to investigator.|
|Official Title:||Comparative Effectiveness of Hamstring Muscle Strain Injury Prevention Programs|
|Actual Study Start Date :||September 27, 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||July 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||July 2021|
Lower extremity flexibility exercises will be performed
Eccentric hamstring strengthening exercise
Eccentric hamstring strengthening exercises will be performed
Dynamic lower extremity balance and movement control exercises will be performed
No Intervention: Control
- Number of subjects who sustain a hamstring strain [ Time Frame: Duration of school basketball season, approximately 4 months ]Physician based diagnosis
- Change in thigh strength [ Time Frame: Baseline and post school basketball season, approximately 4 months ]This will be measured using an isokinetic dynamometer
- Change in hamstring stiffness [ Time Frame: Baseline, post school basketball season, approximately 4 months ]This will be measured using sheer wave elastography
- Change in lower extremity power [ Time Frame: Baseline, post school basketball season, approximately 4 months ]This will be measured using force plates
- Change in lower extremity hamstring flexibility [ Time Frame: Baseline, post school basketball season, approximately 4 months ]Measured using a goniometer
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03248011
|United States, Minnesota|
|Mayo Clinic in Rochester|
|Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55405|
|Principal Investigator:||Timothy Hewett, PhD||Mayo Clinic|