Dr. Penrose enjoys teaching the running community how to prevent injuries with the STRONG body workshop. “Most runners lack strength in at least one muscle group, as well as in their neuromuscular pathways, the lines of communication between brain and body,” says Jay Dicharry, M.P.T., the director of the REP biomechanics lab at Rebound Physical Therapy in Bend, Oregon, and author of Anatomy for Runners.
Hamstring strains and injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. Protecting yourself from hamstring strains isn’t rocket science. Use these five exercises to prehab or rehab your hamstrings to avoid pain and injuries while also improving performance.