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Health Tip: Stretch Your Hamstrings

-- The hamstring is a muscle that runs along the back of the thigh. Pulling this muscle can be quite painful.

A simple stretch can help prevent a pulled hamstring if done before and after exercise, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Sit down on the floor and straighten out one leg, and bend your other leg.
  • Place the sole of your foot of your bent leg against the inside of your straight leg.
  • Leaning forward a little bit, extend your arms and touch the toes of your straight leg.
  • Keep your toes pointing upward and your foot and ankle relaxed.
  • Hold that position for 30 seconds.
  • Switch and perform the stretch on the other leg.
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Posted: September 2008