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Hamstring injuries are often associated with sports involving rapid acceleration
and maximum speed running, such as sprinting, football and cricket. A cricket
fast bowler, for instance, may suffer the injury as the hamstring contracts to
slow the body down after releasing the ball.
The hamstring muscle group is made up of the semitendinosus and the semimembranosus (the inner - medial - side of the posterior thigh) and the biceps femoris on the posterior thigh.
The classic hamstring strain occurs in the biceps femoris, about two-thirds of the way down the back of the thigh.
Risk factors in hamstring injuries
Multiple factors can contribute to hamstring injuries and re-injury rates are high. The risk factors include: