Hamstring Rehabilitation Scholarship

A Bibliometric Analysis of Themes, Authors and Countries.


Hamstring injuries are one of the most common lower limb injuries found in sport and this study illustrates the utility of bibliometric analysis in examining a topic from a strength and conditioning coach perspective.


This study identifies key areas of scholarship relating to the rehabilitation of hamstring injury among athletes and compares this with the total corpus of literature on the topic.  A range of bibliometric measures are used that entail multi-dimensional scaling to identify clusters of related themes, authors, countries, and journals central to the evolution of the evidential-base.


A corpus of 2439 articles on hamstring rehabilitation were retrieved and of these 815 papers relating to hamstring rehabilitation and athletes. Indexed research on the topic commenced in the early 1980s and has expanded at an exponential rate since then. Key authors (Dr J.I. Tol and Dr D.A. OPAR) and prolific countries (USA, Australia, and UK) have been identified. Examination of journal sources reveals that scholarship on this topic conforms to Bradford’s law of scattering and a total of 7 journals forms the core of published work in this space - British Journal of Sports Medicine; American Journal of Sports Medicine; Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport; Sports Medicine; Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy; and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 


This study demonstrates the utility of bibliometric analysis in identifying areas of significant importance to strength and conditioning coaches, documents prolific authors, and highlights countries that dominate knowledge development.  Neophyte practitioners can use these findings to seek out collaborative partners, pursue under-researched areas of inquiry and target their work for publication at relevant journals adding to the evidential-base.

Author Biography

David Benton, National Council of State Boards of Nursing | NCSBN

David Charles Benton is a British nurse and regulatory and health policy expert who is the 5th Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Benton was previously Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland. Benton publishes on nursing and health policy, leadership, occupational licensure and nurse regulatory models, workforce and migration, and research methods including the use of social network analysis, and bibliometric analysis.

How to Cite
Benton, A., & Benton, D. (2022). Hamstring Rehabilitation Scholarship. International Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.47206/ijsc.v2i1.91