The ‘Hamstring’ muscle group is made up of three posterior thigh muscles. The Semitendinosus is positioned as the superficial and medial of the group. This muscle suffers from tears and ruptures often due to inadequate stretching and warm-up.
Option 1 ~ ‘The Forward Bend’. Standing, (perform all of these movements in a relaxed way. There is no need to over-reach or force this stretch initially). Keeping the knees ‘locked out’ and the spine flat bend forward at the hips and just relax towards your toes, gently lengthening your hamstrings. To increase the intensity of the stretch, gently contract your quadriceps and reach for your toes or try to place your hands upon the floor.
Option 2 ~ Standing upright, facing a bench, table or horizontal bar, flex your hip and ‘locking out’ your knee and place this straight leg upon the anchor point. To increase this stretch, lean forward at the hip and reach toward the toes.
- Ischial tuberosity.
- Proximal anterior medial tibia at the pes anserine insertion.
- Flexion of the knee and extension of the hip. It also medially rotates the knee (tibial portion) when the knee is flexed.