UW Gets $4M NFL Grant to Study Hamstring Injuries

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Hamstring injuries are the most common injuries to players in the National Football League. To better understand and prevent lower-extremity injuries, researchers led by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health were awarded a $4 million NFL grant to study hamstring injuries, the university said in a news release Thursday.

Hamstring injuries are also common injuries among recreational, collegiate and high school players.

The four-year grant is part of the league’s multi-year effort to better understand and prevent lower extremity injuries, including strains to soft tissue such as hamstrings. The findings from the UW grant project aim to determine an athlete’s propensity for hamstring strain injury and identify targets for injury mitigation, potentially reducing the injury burden on the player.

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