What's with the Dolphins' Hamstrings -- A Doctor's Perspective

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This year the Miami Dolphins have had, what seems to be, an extraordinary number of hamstring injuries plaguing their roster.  Mostly, these injuries have been affecting the offensive and defensive backfields.  The absense of players on game day have unquestionably contributed to the Dolphins awful start.  Daniel Thomas, Vonte Davis, Nolan Carroll, and Chris Clemons were all on the Week 8 Injury Report with hamsting injuries.  Cameron Wake, Will Allen, and Charles Clay have also been on Weekly Injury Reports with hamsting injuries.  Thomas has been on the Report since Week 1, Clemons since Week 2, and Davis since Week 3.

So, what’s with the Dolphins’ hamstrings this year?  Honestly, I don’t know.  I am not a medical doctor.  So, I decided to ask Dr. John MacKnight, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia (UVA).  In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked UVA tied for second (with UCLA) as Best Public University with its School of Medicine ranked 23rd.  The UVA Medical Center is a nationally top ranked hospital in many categories to include ranked 35th in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Here is the complete interview with Dr. MacKnight about hamstings and pro football players.  As a lifetime athlete and a current referee, I thought I knew much about hamstings and hamstring pulls.  I must admit that I definitely learned something from this interview.


The Miami Dolphins have a number of players suffering from hamstring injuries — for that matter, a whole bunch of other NFL teams seem to be dealing with the same problems.  Specifically, the injuries on the Dolphins are to offensive running backs and defensive backs (corners and safeties) — some received their injury during training camp.  As related, here are the questions that I have — please try to answer in terms your average sports fan can understand.

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