Category Archives: Hamstrings

Hamstrings in Action

Hamstrings in Action

Hamstring-Quad3We all do it, feel the effects of repetitive movements and holding patterns, yet we almost always blame it on that one movement where the injury became obvious or often debilitating.  For Todays Athlete to function with precision and injury free, it is important that muscles are in balance with each other and that the bones are positioned as they should be.  An imbalance in muscle strength will cause a shift in the optimal positioning of the bones causing ineffective and eventually painful movements.

It is important to remember, as muscles get stronger they get shorter, and to adequately strengthen a muscle you must first be able to lengthen it.  Balanced stretching and strengthening should be at the forefront of any conditioning program, but how that will look is going to be different from person to person.  As you become aware of your repetitive movements and holding patterns, you might find that your workouts are making your condition worse or in fact may be to blame for the disEase.  If you find you are overly strong in some muscles groups, yet you continue to strengthen them you will only reinforce the imbalance.  The same holds true with stretching, if you stretch a muscle that does not need to be stretched, the imbalance will only be reinforced. Read the rest of this entry

Ow, My Hamstring!

Ow, My Hamstring!

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One of the complaints I hear repeatedly is,  “Wow, my hamstrings are tight.”  But are they really? 

Could it be that they are just not as strong as your quads and are having to work overtime to compete with the growing strength and tightness of your quads.

How many exercises do you do to strengthen your quads? I am sure there a quite a few. How often do you find yourself

Now, name all the different ways you strengthen your hamstrings. Not as many and I would guess you probably do them, o, hardly ……. never. Right?performing these exercises? Read the rest of this entry

Quads Dominance

Quads Dominance

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I can not emphasize enough the importance of balanced strength in today’s athlete.  Squats are great and have their purpose, but do you really think you can continue to strengthen the front of the legs and continue to ignore the back of the legs with out consequences?

If your hamstrings are weaker then your quads a few things could happen

  • 1.Your hamstrings can tear from the overpowering load of a contracted quad as you extend your leg back from your hip.
  • 2.Your speed will decrease as you lose power from the hip flexors and knee extensors because your hamstrings tend to contract earlier to stop the movement so that they are not overpowered by the strong quad.

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Plantar Flexion and Tight Hamstrings

Plantar Flexion and Tight Hamstrings

shapeimage_1Patience with self. How many times I use this as an intention in my classes, how very seldom I am finding I practice it outside of the class. I accepted from the onset of my injury that it was going to be a practice of patience and acceptance. I just did not know it was going to take so long!  LOL  The simplest of tasks took so much more energy as I hobble around balanced on one leg. The right side of my body  having to do twice as much work not to mention these arms of mine were getting a daily work out.

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Forward Folds To Lengthen The Hamstrings And Protect The Back

Forward Folds To Lengthen The Hamstrings And Protect The Back

When talking about forward folds, it is important first that you have a basic understanding of the differences of Flexion and Extension. Flexion is actually a decrease in the joints angle and is used in reference to the forward and backward  direction of the body. My goal is not to get to anatomical on you, but to give you a better understanding of the function of the asana as well as the Asana in action. Read the rest of this entry