28 Jul '15, 9pm

How to tackle tight hamstrings

How to tackle tight hamstrings

On the other hand, this strength ratio can become out of balance, especially in runners. When this happens, it is typically the quadriceps that win the strength battle and begin to pull the pelvis into a slight anterior rotation. The hip flexors get in on this action too and assist the quadriceps. As the pelvis rotates anteriorly, it raises or elevates the hamstring attachment site, which means the hamstrings get pulled up and as the pelvis shifts they become over-lengthened. In the massage world, this over-lengthening is sometimes referred to as "locked long." The hamstrings hang onto their attachment site for dear life. Over-lengthening a muscle greatly increases its risk of injury. Again, picture the telephone pole now being pulled to one side by a stronger guy wire, the quadriceps. The other guy wire, or the hamstrings, is now being pulled and is over-stretched or over...

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