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WATCH: Willson Contreras suffers apparent hamstring injury-Dr. Protopapas

Dr. Thomas Protopapas

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Chicago Cubs Willson Contreras exited early Wednesday with what looks like a hamstring injury. Typically a Grade 1 is about a week. Grade 2 is 2-4 weeks. Rest, anti-inflammatories, and therapy are required. Hamstring strains tend to recur. Rehab includes modalities to improve blood flow and healing, eccentric strengthening to prevent further pulls (which typically occur during the swinging/elongation phase), and stretching to improve general flexibility/tightness.

Thomas Protopapas, PT, DPT, CES, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Corrective Exercise Specialist. He received his Doctorate from Touro College, where he graduated with Academic Excellence and earned the prestigious Maimonides award. Tom currently practices in Westchester, NY, where he is a Clinical Director at JAG Physical Therapy, a high level outpatient orthopedic clinic, well-respected throughout NY and NJ. He has been a teaching assistant at DPT programs at Dominican College and Touro college, where he helped teach therapeutic exercise and soft tissue techniques.

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