31 Mar '14, 3pm

Hamstring Stretch - You're Doing it Wrong!

Hamstring Stretch - You're Doing it Wrong!

It’s one of the first stretches we learn as we begin our sporting careers. However, so many of us go through life doing it fundamentally wrong! As a muscle group, the hamstring muscles of the posterior thigh are made up of Biceps Femoris (laterally), Semitendinosus and Semimembranosus (both found medially). These long muscles are ideally orientated to produce powerful actions in both flexing the knee and extending the hip. Particularly behind the knee, if you go feeling around gently with your fingers, you will soon come across the tough and cord-like hamstring tendons. For many runners, it’s this area behind the knee that they try to feel the ‘stretch’ or fairly intense burning sensation when performing their hamstring stretch of choice. The classically flawed stretch is to elevate the stretching leg, hanging it with a straight knee off a raised platform, The runner then ...

Full article: http://www.runningshoesguru.com/2014/03/hamstring-stretch...

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