Hamstring Strengthening Exercises for Runners

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Hamstring strengthening exercises can help prevent one of the most common injuries in all of sports. Strengthen your hamstring with help from a personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan, with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we are going to discuss hamstring strengthening exercises for runners. One of the most common injuries in sports, especially anything that involves running, is with the hamstring. In the United States, the hamstring injuries are much more common than they are in Canada, and even European nations, simply because we tend to over-train the quadricep portion of our legs. We create a muscular imbalance, and we don't want to do that. So, we want to make sure that we are getting the hamstrings equal time when we have a training routine. When performing a leg curl, you want to make sure of a couple of things. Set your seat adjustment and your leg adjustment properly so that the leg adjustment is just above the ankle. Your knee is lined up with the pivot hinge on the machine. If you are using a seated leg curl, make sure that you have the leg adjustment bar that comes over the top of the legs down where it's firm on top of your legs to secure your knees and keep from injury that way. Keep your toes pointed towards the ceiling which will also help work the attachment of the calf muscle by the hamstring. Pull your heels back towards your hips like you are trying to kick yourself in your butt. And then repeat the movement as necessary. Please remember, these tips are just to provide basic information. Always consult with your health care provider and a fitness consultant before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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