Hamstring stretch


 
In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many other animals. Increasing flexibility through stretching is one of the basic tenets of physical fitness. It is common for athletes to stretch before and after exercise in order to reduce injury and increase performance. By stretching your muscles under specific conditions, you can actually stretch your fascia and give your muscles more room to grow.

Stretching can be dangerous when performed incorrectly. There are many techniques for stretching in general, but depending on which muscle group is being stretched, some techniques may be ineffective or detrimental, even to the point of causing tears, hypermobility, instability or permanent damage to the tendons, ligaments and muscle fiber.
 
 

Top 5 hamstring stretch to prevent injury during workouts

1. Standing Hamstring Stretch

Hamstrings stretchStand upright and put one foot out in front, while still being able to to maintain good balance. Keep that leg straight and your toes pointing straight upwards towards your knee . Put both hands en each thigh, elbows slightly bent, bend the opposite knee and hip (not your lower back), until you feel the stretch in the hamstrings.

Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times with each leg.

 

2. Standing Hamstring stretch using a bench or a chair

Hamstrings stretchStand upright and raise one leg on to an object. Keep that leg straight and your toes pointing straight up towards your knee. Lean forward while keeping your back straight to feel the stretch in the hamstrings.

For more advance stretch, you can pull your toes more upwards towards your knee for a deeper stretch in your hamstrings as well as the calf muscles.

Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times with each leg.


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