Eccentric Exercise For Judo: Avoiding Hamstring Injury

Eccentric Exercise For Hamstring Injury Prevention in Judo


Doing your hamstring Sucks.

If you have had such an injury and you are looking for advice you've come to the wrong place. Go to you Doctor and get them to refer you to sports medicine specialists. I am not going to advise you on how to fix it but if you are trying to avoid it then eccentric exercise may be helpful. Even then check with the appropriate medical personal before you try this.

Basically all the available information1.2. says that the best way to avoid a hamstring injury is to do Eccentric Exercise.

What does eccentric mean?

It means the exercise you do on the way to returning your body to its position before you started.

For example: after you have done a curl, the work you do as you return you arms to their start position is eccentric.

It can be a little difficult to find stuff that that does the sort of eccentric exercise that relates to Judo. But I have found these two videos that are at least related in movement. There are no guarantees that this will stop you from having a hamstring injury but as far as I can tell they can only help.

Just remember these type of exercise are deep exercises. If they are being done correctly you may not notice the affect until after you have stopped and you may take a few days to recover. So start out small, only do a few to start with even if you don't feel it and give yourself at least a week to recover and if it hurts stop!


One more warning, the guy in the second video talks too much so just be patient.







1.Eccentric hamstring strength and hamstring injury risk in Australian footballers, Opar, Williams, Timmins, Hickey, Duhig, and Shield, in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Publish Ahead of Print

2.Biceps femoris long-head architecture - a reliability and retrospective injury study, by Timmins, Shield, Williams, Lorenzen, and Opar, in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Publish Ahead of Print

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