Hamstring rehabilitation video - part 1

Welcome to part one of our hamstring rehabilitation video.  In this video we look at the rehabilitation program from the Sherry and Best paper from 2004.  This was the first RCT (Randomised Controlled Trial, one of the highest quality of trials for research) looking at hamstring rehabilitation

In this trial there were many athletes that had hamstring injuries. They were assigned to two groups

  • One, the 'Stretch and Strengthen' group (STST), were given strengthening and stretching exercises
  • The second group, 'Progressive Agility and Trunk Stabilisation' (PATS) group, were given the drills you will see in our videos

The recurrence rate for injuries in the PATS group was just 8%, while the recurrance rate in the STST group was a whopping 70%! Furthermore, the PATS group were able to return to sport more quickly (average of 22 vs 37 days)

Further research has shown the value of 'quick turnover' drills and whole body exercises for rehabilitation from muscle injuries. Although there is no recipe for hamstring rehabilitation, we often use these or similar exercises as part of management

Part one of the PATS program is shown below. Once the athlete is improving, we progress the on to part two, which is shown in our next blog.


Nick Cross is a Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Exercise Physiologist.  Nick has a particular interest in Australian Rules Football, and is currently affiliated with Oakleigh Chargers. He works at Lifecare Ashburton Sports Medicine, close to Camberwell, Burwood and Oakleigh.