27 Aug '16, 9am

Study shows strong hamstrings improve running economy:

Study shows strong hamstrings improve running economy:

Distance runners have always known they need not look like super-muscular sprinters or body builders. Bulging muscles don't improve performance; they make you big and bulky when you want to be lean and mean. Still, moderate strength training remains popular and recommended for distance runners because it can increase power and perhaps reduce injuries. Runners do a lot of quadriceps work in particular, hoping to diminish knee problems. Many runners have quadriceps muscles (on the top of the thigh) that are 30 to 40 percent stronger than their hamstrings (under the thigh). This could be another example of too-much-muscle, according to a study that compared the ratio of hamstring-to-quadriceps strength in highly-trained and recreational female distance runners. The highly-trained group had lower absolute muscle strength in both groups. More importantly, the researchers say, t...

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