Hamstring strains are the most common moderate-major severity injuries in football. The majority of hamstring injuries occur during sprinting, with low eccentric hamstring strength being associated with an elevated risk. Within football, musculoskeletal injuries account for 97% of all injuries sustained, with 87% of those injuries occurring in the lower extremities.
With a typical football season consisting of 40–50 competitive matches, losing more than 28 consecutive days can be significant for teams as a player may miss 4–8 matches. The players themselves could suffer a loss of earnings, and potential long-term health issues, including disability and forced early retirement.