The hamstring muscles are responsible for your hip and knee movements in walking, squatting, bending your knees and tilting your pelvis.

Hamstring injuries are incredibly common but also quite complex. They range from mild to severe with the onset often being sudden.

So what is the best way to avoid hamstring injuries?

Prevention is better than a cure when dealing with potential hamstring injuries.

This is why it is really important to effectively warm up and stretch. A good cardio warm up of at least 10 minutes, gradually increasing the intensity of the warm up, followed by a few dynamic stretches will help prevent injury.

Following exercise a good stretch routine is also key to avoid hamstring injuries.

Seated hamstring stretch

•Sit with one leg straight in front of you and the other leg bent on the floor, with your foot touching your knee.

•Lean forward slowly, and reach your hand toward your toes until you feel a stretch.

•Hold the stretch for up to 30 seconds.

If you struggle to touch your toes, or feel that you could move better and feel stronger. Email Sophie on tsgfitness@hotmail.com

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