HAMSTRING STRAIN

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The patient is often an athlete or "weekend warrior" who feels a sudden pull or pop at the back of the thigh following a forceful knee extension maneuver.

Cause

The mechanism is an overcontraction of the hamstrings while in a position of stretch.  Tearing occurs most often at the junction aponeurosis.  Avulsion of the ischial apophysis is possible in younger athletes

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