Hampering Hamstrings

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2009

Suffering Suckatash…What’s the deal with all the hamstring injuries and talk? Let’s take a closer look.

First of all you must know that this is coming from the point of view of someone who’s career in football was essentially ended by a freak hamstring injury in which one of the hamstring muscles was completely torn from the bone in my left leg, with no option to repair it. So it doesn’t get much worse.

OK, that being said, hamstring injuries are not all alike in nature. There is no cure all for the hamstring pull/strain and each case should be dealt with uniquely. It is also important to note that when you compete at a top Division I athletic level, a sore hamstring or a non 100% hamstring really does make a big difference. That difference is also unique to your position. An OL does not need to be in a full out sprint during the game and can deal with it better than say a WR or RB who depends on explosiveness to get the job done. Even at LB without all my hamstring being intact I lost a few steps, but was able to play because of film study and positioning. RB and WRs have to be full out 100% all the time. They have to be able to explode into the open field.

It is no secret that many a returned missionary has come back only to push themselves and then strain a hammy in spring ball or early in fall camp. The program has tweaked the conditioning for RMs and has done a great job of cutting down the serious hammy injuries and weaning the RMs back into shape. It’s not a perfect program and we saw it claim another victim in MacKay Jacobsen this year, but he is back to 100% and should be fine.

As for the rest of the team, I would be interested in seeing a nationwide study on how many other schools have as many hammy pulls as we do at BYU. I think that we have too many, and I would like to see something change in order to cut those back even more. The good news for the boys in blue is that they have access to great trainers and doctors who give them immediate and individualized care to get them back on the field fast! On that not, there is no over night cure for a hammy injury in Div I sports. Not if you want to be at your best.

I am glad that Harvey has been resting and getting healthy, because one thing is certain…if he starts the season with a tweaked hammy he will play with it all year with NO CHANCE of it ever healing completely. Let’s hope all this rest does get him back to 100% because healthy or not he is our best back in the backfield and he will be out there on Saturday carrying the rock!