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ArtzyJen
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Tight Hamstrings

Postby ArtzyJen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:31 am

While I'm dealing with insomnia thanks to too much caffeine, I might as well ask, what are some stretches I can do post-run to deal with EXTREMELY tight hamstrings. One of my boot camp instructors said she'd never known anyone with tighter hamstrings. I have extremely flat feet and wear supportive inserts to help correct, but I know I've also corrected my stride over the years to compensate and I'm wondering if this might contribute to tighter hamstrings? Not sure. Nonetheless, I don't feel like I can really get a good stretch unless I've got someone to help, but that may be a product of not really knowing a great deal of ways to stretch them out.

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Re: Tight Hamstrings

Postby fitoverforty » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:12 am

Post run hammy stretch:

Lay on the floor on your back, lift one leg up in the air, use a jump rope or band, hook it over your foot right around the forefoot area, then slowly pull downwards towards your chest, keeping leg slightly bent and pushing against the rope. Then slowly pull laterally (left leg toward the right shoulder, right leg toward left shoulder) you should really feel a good stretch in your hamstrings and glutes. then pull towards the outside for each leg.
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I've had several hamstrings pulls in the last year so I know how important it is to keep the hamstrings stretched. Thorough stretching post run is really important. Sometimes I stop during a run and stretch, using a tree, or a sign post, or a curb, I put my foot right up on it (heel on ground, foot raised up on object), and grab the post, or tree and pull forward, or if Its the curb I just lean forward and stretch for about 20 seconds each leg.

Hope this helps. Preventative maintenance is key. :D Trust me, you don't want a hamstring pull. They are the injury that just keeps on giving, and the hamstring never recovers back to its original length or strength. :|

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Re: Tight Hamstrings

Postby ArtzyJen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:17 am

Thank you! I do stretch religiously post-run, and sometimes during...just couldn't seem to find a decent stretch that would adequately relieve the tension. Hopefully this helps!

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Re: Tight Hamstrings

Postby watkinsc » Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:19 am

Try stretching your glutes as well, whilst you are sitting in your chair at work, cross one leg so the ankle is resting on your opposite thigh, then lean forward. Overall flexibility should help loosen your hamstrings so dont neglect your quads, calves, lower back etc.


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