Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy

Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy


What is Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy?

Deep gluteal (bum) pain which tends to be worse after running, squatting, lunging and sitting. It usually warms up when running but will be worse afterwards.

proximal hamstring tendinopathy


Who is affected?

Athletes who partake in sprinting, hurdling, hockey, football and various other sports requiring a change of direction. Non-athletic individuals can also experience proximal hamstring tendinopathy.  


What causes proximal hamstring tendinopathy? 

Training errors; too much too soon – increasing volume or intensity of activities too quickly
Sudden introduction of sprint work, lunging, hurdles or hills
Excessive use of static stretches


Common findings in those with proximal hamstring tendinopathy

Reduced gluteal and hamstring muscle strength. Over striding, excessive forward trunk lean or an anteriorly tilted pelvis whilst running


Top tip for running

Woman sprinting on track

Increasing your step rate can reduce stride length which can in turn increase gluteal activity during

a run. This can ultimately put less provocative load through the hamstring tendon.


Example of stage 1 rehab exercise to reduce pain and improve strength

Single leg bridge hold – 30 seconds, 3-4 repetitions

Single leg bridge hold





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Chartered Physiotherapist Aiveen Lavery

Aiveen Lavery MISCP


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