What if after starting a new exercise program you feel that dreaded pull and tightness in the back of your thigh? Hamstring injuries are the plague of athletes from every level of sport, from the professional soccer players to the 5-a-side heroes. It is estimated that hamstring injuries account for almost 20% of all injuries that affect athletes. The bad news does not end there, with athletes reinjuring their hamstrings again in 35% of cases.

Until very recently there was no clinically proven protocol for assessing and treating hamstring injuries. The Astepar Clinic in Dubai has developed the world’s first standardized rehabilitation program for hamstring injuries. We poured through the research and we are excited about the prospect of rehabbing our patients back to full health after their hamstring injuries using the new protocol.

The rehabilitation program offers an intensive assessment of the hamstring tear and the patient is put through various specific hamstring strength and flexibility tests. The protocol features progressive strengthening and stretching exercises with the view to rehabbing the hamstring back to full capacity before returning to sport.

At UprightCare we always encourage our patients to lead a more active lifestyle, and we are available to help you through your hamstring injury using the Astepar protocol, and get you back to the sport or exercise that you love to do. No longer will the dreaded hamstring prevent you from achieving your fitness goals! 

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.