The objective of our study was the assessment of the effects of stretching in the rehabilitation of hamstring injuries.Methods:
We followed up 80 Greek athletes, of average age 20.5 yr, with “second-degree” strain of the hamstring muscles. The athletes were divided into two groups, A and B. For both groups, we estimated the time required for the rehabilitation of the decreased knee ROM and the total time before the athletes could return to a full training program.Results:
Group B, which carried out a more intensive stretching program, was found to have a statistically significant shorter time of regaining normal ROM (5.57 ± 0.71 d) and rehabilitation period (13.27 ± 0.71 d) in comparison with group A (7.32 ± 0.525 d and 15.05 ± 0.81 d, respectively).Conclusion:
Our results suggest that stretching is of great importance in treating muscle strain injuries in that it improves the effectiveness of the rest rehabilitation program.