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, ATC1, Lauren Welsch MAs, LAT, ATC1, Taylor Meier MSAT, LAT, ATC2, Chyrsten L. Regelski MSAT, LAT, ATC3, and Bonnie Van Lunen PhD, ATC, FNATA1
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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.