Hamstring injury may vary from minor strains, a small tear of the muscle, to possibly a complete ruptured and separation of the muscle. These injuries are very common to athletes who undergo sudden fast motions in their respective sports. According to podiatrist Dr. Robert Weiss, "The best treatment for these problems is prevention. The athlete must understand the muscle function in training."
A warm up of muscles is important in all sports. It is a means of raising the body temperature one and one half to two degrees above normal before starting any physical activities. "As body temperature rises, muscle and tendons become more lubricated and elastic. The nerve impulses become more effective in muscle fiber function, and the joints gain an improved range of motion for better function and less friction. A good exercise prior to all-out fast running sports is two 100-yard jogs; then stretching for about 10 minutes, working out all the major muscles, including push-ups and sit-ups for endurance," says Weiss.
Source: Westport News [10/10/16]
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