I pulled my hamstring in April and never properly rehabed it. Dumb on my part, for sure.
We did some testing on Saturday and I was a little bit surprised with the results, which I’d like to share and solicit discussion.
My hamstring was still bothering me significantly, though I was able to sprint.
My flying 10 meter times were very bad, each ranging from 0.08 to 0.10 off my personal best split.
However, with the slow motion replay [120 fps], I was able to determine something interesting: my ground contact time was significantly shorter on my right (injured) leg than on my left (uninjured) leg - with GCT averaging 0.10 or less for the injured leg and 0.13 for my uninjured leg.
It wasn’t obvious from the tape because of the lack of a one-meter-markers, but I assume that the injured leg also had a reduced stride length. Though it didn’t feel jerky, the running looks somewhat disjointed when the tape is sped up to normal speed.
I had always assumed that the body tended to naturally compensate for injuries to one side by simply adjusting the other side too - that the body would just reduce the stride length on both sides and even out the GCT. However, at least in this case, it looks like I’m just applying less force (in less time) on the injured leg, and running an uneven stride length pattern. This also runs counter to my expectation that I’d have to have an increased GCT on the injured leg.
Anyone else with experience on this point?
Am I way off, and this is just natural imbalance?
I’m now aggressively rehabing the hamstring and hoping to get back into PR shape.