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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Roles of the Hamstrings with Running



The infographic and post were originally found on Brad Beer's instagram!

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปDespite the growing awareness of the benefits of strength training for runners, one of the common oversights I observe in gym programs for runners is the absence or reduced focus on developing strength of the hamstrings ๐Ÿ‘€





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๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปOur hamstrings play a role in generating force and stabilising/controlling our body when we run ๐Ÿƒ‍♀️ _
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปMany people mistakenly believe that hamstrings are not involved with endurance running but more so with sprinting. In actuality a runner’s hamstrings have several key functions during running irrespective of speed ⬆️➡️⬇️
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๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปThe ‘general roles’ of the hamstrings when running are to both extend the hip (such as when pushing off) and flex (bend) our knee. An interesting note is that despite popular opinion the hamstrings do not play any role in bending (flexing) the knee and bringing the heel close to the bottom during the swing phase of running ๐Ÿšซ
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☝๐ŸปSpecifically though the roles of the hamstrings when running are shown in the above infographic ๐Ÿง
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๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปTo learn more about the best ways to strengthen & quantify your hamstring strength stay tuned for my upcoming @pogophysio blog this week ๐Ÿ’ป
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๐Ÿ“ŒTAKE HOME: Be sure to not neglect to strengthen your hamstrings as part of your strength and conditioning program. Our hamstrings have a vital role to play in us enjoying injury free & faster running ✅
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