Do you have hamstring tightness?
Are you having trouble bending over?
Does your walking or running stride feel limited by your hamstrings?
Well try this quick and easy test. Start by laying down. Ohhh, it already sounds easy. Simply lock out your leg and raise it up as high as you can. Now have someone eyeball where your heel is relative to your leg on the the ground. Ok, so what is your result?
If your heel is below your opposite legs knee, then you are at risk for injury when you try bending over or participate in sports requiring running, especially sprinting. #1 injury for sprinters…you guessed it…hamstrings. If your heel is below your opposite legs knee when doing a straight leg raise (look at picture) then check out this quick and easy video on how to stretch your hamstring. It is also a great hamstring stretch for people having back pain, as it protects your back while laying on the ground.
Your goal when doing this straight leg raise test is to have you heel in the upper 1/3 of your opposite thigh…80 degrees is great!
Watch this video to learn an easy way to stretch your hamstring…yeah I sound like a robot but the stretch is awesome! Hope you like it?