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Health Tip: Straining the Hamstring

-- A hamstring injury can sideline an athlete or exercise buff for quite a while.

While anyone can pull a hamstring, some people are at greater risk of the injury. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list:

  • Young athletes who are still maturing.
  • Many professional athletes, including runners, football players, skaters and soccer players.
  • People who run or sprint for exercise.
  • Dancers.
  • Seniors who play sports or who take frequent walks.
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Posted: July 2009