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What are symptoms of a hamstring strain?

Hamstring strains are characterized by one or more of the following: popping, an initial snapping feeling, divot in the muscle, bruising and swelling, pain with resisted knee flexion and passive hip extension. Athlete may also display a change in gait and may have a reduced swing phase during walking. Hamstrings are most commonly strained by an overstretching of the muscle fibers during a quick or powerful movement.

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