A pulled hamstring is a common running injury. A running hamstring injury is more common among sprinters than long distance runners.
Long distance runners are likely to suffer hamstring injury when doing their speed work.
Cause of Running hamstring Injury
Hamstring injury is another over user injury, i.e a running injury caused by doing too much, too soon or pushing beyond your limits. That is why it is common in sprinting, where runners are constantly trying to push beyond limits.
A pulled hamstring injury happens when one or more muscles that run along the back of your thigh gets stretched too far.
Treating Running Hamstring Injury.
Minor to moderate hamstring strains usually heal on their own. The recommended method of treatment is similar to any other soft tissue injury a HI-RICE (Hydration, Ibuprofen, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) regimen lasting for at least 48 to 72 hours after the onset of pain. “Rest” includes such commonsense prescriptions as avoiding running or hiking. A complete break from running will give the hamstring time to heal.
In serious but rare cases where the hamstring muscle is torn, you may need surgery. The surgeon will repair the muscles and reattach them.