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Hamstring Training: More Than Leg Curls

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The hamstrings, glutes, and lower back are an important chain of muscles for athletic performance. Not only are they important for performing movements that involve hip extension and knee flexion, but they are also important for preventing hamstring and non-contact ACL injuries.   Having said that, not all hamstring exercises are created equal. Athletes that are trying to improve performance or prevent injuries need hamstrings that are strong in the lengthened position. This means largely avoiding leg curl variations and...

Hex Bar Deadlifts May Be Important For Athletes

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The hex bar has been a popular tool for deadlifts for a number of years now. While the hex bar isn’t specific to what a powerlifter does in competition, it might have some advantages for an athlete. First, in theory it would not require as much technique as a straight bar deadlift. Second, it’s theorized to take some of the stress off the lower back. Third, it’s going to save an athlete’s shins as the bar isn’t going to be...

Muscles May Not Develop Uniformly

  In recent years there has been research establishing that large muscle groups experience hypertrophy in a nonuniform manner. In other words, the entire muscle does not grow equally as a result of strength training. Schoenfeld et al, in a 2015 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, performed a study comparing the lying leg curl and the stiff legged deadlift’s muscle activation of the hamstrings based upon EMG data. The authors used resistance trained males and had...

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...

What Do We “Know” About The Hamstrings? A Review…

Recently I had a post reviewing an article by McAllister et al (2014) looking at the effectiveness of various hamstring exercises. This is actually a convenient time to look back at the last few years of research and to look at what we “know.” This is important because we never have enough time to train our athletes so we need to focus on what is most important for their health and their performance. This post will look at the hamstrings...