Hamstring advice from an expert and victim: Dr. Allan Tissenbaum

Jimson Lee’s Speed Endurance blog has a new guest columnist: world-class M50 sprinter Allan Tissenbaum. His first topic is near and dear to his legs: the hamstring. Allan suffered a hammie pull at Olathe nationals, and knew what befell him. He’s an orthopedic surgeon, after all. In his blog post, Dr. T writes: “The most common cause is excessive strain during a negative contraction and the severity has to do with the speed of the contraction. This is most likely to occur in the late swing phase of sprinting when the knee is extended and the hip flexed. What is apparent after reviewing the literature is although we think we understand the injury, we are really unsure as what to do for prevention or the best rehabilitation protocols.” But he’ll have suggestions in later columns. Best of luck in his column — and comeback.

Bill Collins offers psychic support as Allan is carted off the Olathe track.

Bill Collins offers psychic support as Allan is carted off the Olathe track.

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March 24, 2014

5 Responses

  1. al cestero - March 24, 2014

    in this my 45th consecutive year competing in track and field, i had my first hamstring injury ever a few weeks ago at the armory nyc on my second long jump attempt….i’ve witnessed many through the years but somehow managed to not join that club…i heard and felt a “pop” but it wasn’t that painful, and thankfully it was not my power leg..i’m looking forward to these articles..thanks…!

  2. Courtland Gray - March 24, 2014

    I would say that whoever solves the mysteries of pulled hamstrings will soon be quitting their day job. Hydration, flexibility, strength imbalance, potassium deficiency, lower back tightness, being out of racing condition, genetic characteristics, and probably a few other possible issues I can’t recall now have all been supposed causes.

    Usually after your first bad hammie pull, you make a promise to yourself never to let that happen again. Sadly, that promise is usually broken. I severely pulled one in my first ever masters 100m race at age 40, and didn’t return to the track for 9 years.

    There will be a lot of folks interested in hearing about this topic and contributing their own personal experiences.

  3. Ken stone - March 24, 2014

    My worst pull was on my 55th birthday, running barefoot repeat sprints on a football infield. ART (active release therapy) let me recover by Lahti worlds. Deep tissue massage helped me.

  4. Jason Purcell - March 25, 2014

    I had the pleasure of meeting Allan Tissenbaum at the Lisle Nationals. I’m not sure which was more enjoyable, speaking with him or watching him run. Either way I am interested in anything he has to say concerning Masters Track.

  5. Allan Tissenbaum - March 26, 2014

    Thanks Jason it was great getting to know you.

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