Thematic area 2: Hamstring neuromechanics and injury

Co-ordinator: Eleftherios Kellis, Professor


Our aim is to examine human hamstring muscle function at three basic levels: a) anatomic/kinesiology level, that is the analysis of morphology and architecture in cadavers and in vivo b) the functional level, that is the analysis of neural and force production mechanisms and c) the pathological level, that is the study of malfunction of these muscles and their implications for whole body movement.

Specific research areas:

  1. Compartmentalization of hamstring muscles:  The hamstrings consist of four muscles, each displaying different compartments. Our aim is to examine the functional implications of the existence of these compartments.
  2. Neuromechanics of hamstring muscle injury: Our aim is to examine the changes in hamstring muscle mechanics after injury.
  3. Hamstrings and pelvis function: The aim is to examine the anatomical and functional links between the hamstrings and the pelvis and lumbar spine.
  4. Bi-functionality and co-activation of the hamstrings during multi-articular movements: The aim is to examine the hypothesis that the hamstrings contribute to the energy transfer between various body parts via their bi-articularlity and co-activation with other muscles.
  5. Neuromechanics of hamstring stretch: The purpose is to examine the mechanisms of hamstrings muscle stretch.