The Effectiveness of Nordic Hamstring Exercises in Reducing Hamstring Injuries in Competitive Soccer Players: A Critically Appraised Topic

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Jennifer W. Cuchna MBA, MEd, LAT, ATC 1 , Lauren Welsch MAs, LAT, ATC 1 , Taylor Meier MSAT, LAT, ATC 2 , Chyrsten L. Regelski MSAT, LAT, ATC 3 and Bonnie Van Lunen PhD, ATC, FNATA 1
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  • 1 Old Dominion University
  • 2 Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
  • 3 Otterbein University
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Clinical Question:

Are Nordic hamstring exercises more effective than standardized training in reducing hamstring strain injury rates in competitive soccer players over the course of at least one season?

Clinical Bottom Line:

The evidence supports the use of Nordic hamstring exercises to reduce hamstring injury incidence rates over a competitive soccer season. Therefore, progressive Nordic hamstring exercises should be included within some aspect of a practice to prevent the occurrence of hamstring injuries.