- Producer: Michael Schubert
- Eccentric Hamstrings, Big Sport
and Pioneering Research Groups
Many of us have had a hamstring injury at one time or another – you know – that big muscle group at the back of the thigh. Sportspeople are constantly injuring that muscle group at great cost to themselves and the team. David Opar and his team research, collaborate and coordinate the new wave of inquiry into hamstring injury, rehabilitation and management.
Dr David Opar completed his doctoral thesis at the Queensland University of Technology [QUT] in the area of hamstring strain injuries. Soon after its completion he joined the Australian Catholic University [ACU] as a Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science.
David is part of the ACU High Performance Sport lecturing team and manages the ‘Performance and Injury: Prevention and Management’ unit. He also heads up the ACU Hamstring Injury Group and is leading the way in hamstring injury research. David and his team are in close consultation with professional sporting codes both nationally and internationally to deliver evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for their athlete group.
PUBLICATIONS – PDF
Hamstring Strain Injuries: Factors that Lead to Injury and Re-Injury, in Sports Medicine.
Eccentric Hamstring Strength and Hamstring
Injury Risk in Australian Footballers, in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise
Short biceps femoris fascicles and eccentric knee
flexor weakness increase the risk of hamstring
injury in elite football (soccer): a prospective
cohort study, in the British Medical Journal
Running exposure is associated with the risk of
hamstring strain injury in elite Australian footballers, in the British Medical Journal
Hamstring Injuries in detail
Five years of Research in 25 minutes