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Hamstring Injury - Stretching Exercises for a Hamstring Injury

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Updated June 03, 2014

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Seated Hamstring Stretch
A woman reaches to her side, stretching her hamstring and leg while sitting on the gym floor
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A hamstring injury can be caused by many reasons including tight, weak hamstring muscles or hamstring pulls or strains. This stretching program can help reduce hamstring pain and prevent hamstring pulls.

How to Do the Seated Hamstring Stretch

The hamstrings need to be strong and loose to endure the demands of running and kicking. This stretch can help maintain length in the hamstrings.
  • Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you with knees straight.
  • In a slow, steady movement, lean forward at the hips, keep you knees straight and slide your hands up your legs to your feet.
  • Extend as far as you can, and curl your feet toward you to increase the stretch.
  • Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds, release and repeat two to three times.
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