High (Proximal) Hamstring Tendinopathy Risk Factors

The most significant risk factor for hamstring injury is a history of previous hamstring injury, with risk of re-injury 2 to 6 times that of healthy individuals.1,2 Therefore, proper initial management of an acute hamstring injury may be paramount to preventing future injury in an active population. Listed below are factors that increase a person’s likelihood of developing high (proximal) hamstring tendinopathy.


While some risk factors such as age cannot be changed, others, such as muscle imbalances and lack of flexibility, can be addressed through physical therapy.

See Treatments for Chronic High Hamstring Tendinopathy

Patients should work with their medical professional to strengthen weak muscles, increase flexibility in tight muscles, and optimize alignment and form where applicable.


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