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Hamstring Training: Sometimes Old Favorites are Better

Hamstring injuries are an issue with athletes that have to sprint, which is most of them. With that in mind, strength and conditioning professionals are always searching for better ways to train these muscles in order to help prevent these injuries.   In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Rey et al conducted a study looking at the effectiveness of two bodyweight hamstring exercises on hamstring fitness. The authors studied three junior elite soccer teams (average age around 17...

Hamstring Training Results In Stronger Hamstrings: Is That Enough?

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Hamstring injuries are the bane of sprinting athletes. This is true in almost every sport that requires athletes to sprint. Not only are these injuries disabling, but once you suffer them you are more susceptible to suffering them again. There have been a lot of theories of what causes these injuries; everything from running mechanics, to flexibility, to strength imbalances, to strength levels.   Today the thinking is that it has to due with the eccentric strength of the hamstrings....

Hamstring Muscles Are Different After Injury

Hamstring strains are a fact of life for athletes who sprint in their sport. There are a lot of factors behind this, but one of the biggest is possible a lack of strength in the lengthened position – particular when the athlete is using the hamstrings to extend the hip and the hip is uncoupling from the hip. In other words, during the time when the hamstrings are shortening to drive the foot toward the ground they are also working...

Hamstrings and Sprinting: Will Addressing Risk Factors Decrease Injuries?

Coaches that work with athletes that sprint are familiar with hamstring strains, it’s something that plagues sprinting athletes. Over the years a lot of culprits have been investigated. Today, the thinking seems to be that it occurs as the leg is being swung forward and preparing to shift from extending the knee to extending the hip.   With that in mind, the strength of the hamstrings and the ratio of that strength relative to the quadriceps are considered to be...

Practical Hamstring Training For Sports

The hamstring muscle group is critical to athletic success.  It has a role in sprinting, jumping, agility, throwing, hitting, kicking, in other words just about every athletic movement.  In addition, care of the hamstrings prevents injuries including lower back injuries and even ACL tears.  In other words, it’s an important muscle group to focus on in training.   As is the case with most muscle groups, the hamstrings don’t function in isolation during athletics.  This is why an athlete’s time...