Hamstring tendinopathy

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT) is a common condition in a variety of ages and levels of sporting participation. Presenting as localised lower buttock pain with tasks such as squatting and sitting, it can cause disability with sport, work and other activities of daily living. It can affect people of all ages and levels of activity.

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of isotonic (resistance) hamstring strength exercises and isometric (static) hamstring exercise in 20 recreational athletes with proximal hamstring tendinopathy. Outcomes include hamstring strength and pain associated with a functional task, and pain associated with sitting. A further study will compare a pragmatic loading program to shock wave therapy. Results may influence further research and treatment choices in managing patients with hamstring tendinopathy.