Friday, September 26, 2008

Client Sports Fitness Question Of The Week, 13

If you are in a sport that involves running, read this Q & A:

Client Q: I have had problems with hamstring pulls and strains for a long time. What can I do to fix this problem?

Mark's A: Hamstring injuries are bothersome because they are so hard to recover from! It is better to prevent hamstring injuries if possible. The problem I see most is inadequate flexibility and strength in the hamstrings. Also, when the hamstrings are significantly weaker than the quadriceps, you are susceptible to knee ACL injuries.

Improve your hamstring flexibility with these exercises:

walking lunges, resistance band eccentric stretch (pictured above) and static stretch (static stretch should be done after workout or game).

Improve your hamstring strength with these exercises:

lying or standing hamstring machine curl, deadlift, good morning exercise (with or without weights) and glute ham raises.

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