This week we want to show you how to strengthen your hamstrings, which is located on the back of your thigh. The hamstrings is a very important muscle because, in addition to looking great when strong, it acts to protect the ACL ligament in the knee from injury. Many athletes have more strength in their quadriceps muscle (front of the thigh) than in their hamstrings muscle, an imbalance which can increase their risk for ACL tears. Strengthening your hamstrings on a ball will increase your hamstrings strength more quickly than other exercises because there is an eccentric (deceleration) component. Make sure your keep your toes upwards.
Mandi Hayes, Physiotherapist
Justine McNichol, Kinesiologist