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A few signs will help you differentiate a pulled muscle from a more serious injury.

A few signs will help you differentiate a pulled muscle from a more serious injury.

Dr. John Post says muscular injury patterns can be graded according to a 1-3 scale. If you’ve ever felt a sharp pain in a muscle—let’s use the hamstrings as an example—that’s caused you to cut a run short, you probably wondered: Did I just pull a muscle or, worse, tear it? Made up of three muscles, known as the biceps femoris, semimebranosus and semitendinosus, the hamstrings originate at the sit bones and run down the back of the thigh to just below the knee joint. These muscles aid in extension of the hip and provide front flexion power at the knees. Frequently the source of pain and injury for sprinters, middle- and long-distance runners, the hamstrings incur pulls or tears, like all muscles, when they’re stressed past a capacity they can handle. Muscular injuries occur in runners who are fatigued, have muscular imbalances and poor conditioning, when the muscles are too...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/injury-prevention/e...

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