The hamstring muscles are a group of three muscles which together make up the muscles at the back of the thigh. Injury to the hamstring muscles are common among athletes participating in sports involving sprinting and jumping.
Hamstring injuries are one of if not the most common injuries in sport and normally occur during high intensity running or kicking activities. There is generally a sharp 'catching' or 'grabbing' pain in the back of the leg along with pain and loss of function/power. If the strain is not too severe you may be able to continue playing with limitations.
Damage to the Hamstring Muscles at the back of the thigh is one of the most common, and highly publicised injuries in Sport. These injuries can be associated with dramatic footage of the injury occurring when sprinting or kicking.
Even though pain at the back of thigh can be due to the Sciatic nerve, the reality is that pain in this area is often due to a number of other causes such as pain directly from your back, muscle strain of the glutes or hamstrings and even trigger points or muscle tension.