From runners and skaters to football and basketball players, hamstring injuries in New York, NY are common among athletes. When someone strains his or her hamstring, it means that he or she has stretched one of the muscles along the back of the thigh too far. While minor hamstring sprains can heal on their own, more serious hamstring injuries may require sports medicine or physical therapy.
Failing to stretch
Flexibility is an essential component of any fitness program, so every athlete should stretch before exercising. Stretching before physical activity helps improve the range of motion in the joints. Increasing the range of motion in a particular joint decreases the resistance on the muscles during physical activity. Stretching can also help the hamstring muscle relax, which ultimately increases circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients to the area. Ultimately, stretching warms the muscles, so that they can resist strain during intense physical activities like kicking or running.
Building stronger quadriceps
The thigh has three sets of muscles—the hamstring muscles in the back, the quadriceps muscles in front, and the adductor muscles on the inside. Hamstring and quadriceps are particularly vulnerable to muscle strain because they cross both the hip and knee joints. In addition, these muscles are used during intense physical activities, including running, football and soccer. The quadriceps and hamstring muscles work together, so an imbalance in strength can cause serious problems. If the front muscles are stronger, they may pull on the weaker back muscles and cause strains.
Experiencing muscle fatigue
Fatigued muscles are less capable of absorbing energy, so they are more susceptible to injury. One way to avoid muscle fatigue is by seeking sports physical therapy. This allows someone to ask a physical therapist about safe and effective exercise programs for his or her age and activity level.
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