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Predisposing Factors for Hamstring Tightness among University Students

Chellapillai FMD1, Wijayalath WPLD1, Dayarathna WMS1, Safinaz ZMFZ1, Ihsan AN1, Neranjan EPL1, Ariyasinghe AS2 and Kariyawasam AP2*
1Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
2Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
*Corresponding Author : Kariyawasam AP, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Tel: +948123896296/+94812384179, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jun 13, 2019 / Accepted Date: Aug 14, 2019 / Published Date: Aug 21, 2019


Hamstring is the muscle which makes the posterior compartment of the thigh. It is the most common muscle which gets injured easily due to the tightness of the muscle. This study aimed to determine whether extended sitting, body composition, Hamstring to Quadriceps strength ratio (H/Q Ratio) and level of physical activity predispose to hamstring tightness. This study also focused on identifying the influence of gender and leg dominancy on hamstring tightness.

Hamstring muscle tightness was significantly higher in males than that of females. Non-dominant leg (right or left) did not show a difference in tightness than the dominant side. The association between extended sitting and Hamstring tightness was significant while the association between Hamstring tightness with body composition, H/Q ratio and level of physical activity was not significant. It is important that we take measures to minimize the risk of developing hamstring tightness among university students.

Keywords: Hamstring tightness; Sitting hours; Gender; Leg dominancy; Body composition

Citation: Chellapillai FMD, Wijayalath WPLD, Dayarathna WMS, Safinaz ZMFZ, Ihsan AN, et al. (2019) Predisposing Factors for Hamstring Tightness among University Students. Physiother Rehabil 4:172.

Copyright: © 2019 Chellapillai FMD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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