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The hamstring muscle is often a muscle neglected during exercise, however for most sports goers, it’s essential to develop strong hamstring muscles to help avoid injury.

The hamstrings are made up of three muscles, semitendinosus, biceps femoris and semimembranosus.

They form together the large group of muscles that run down the back of your upper thigh. Their main function is flexion of the leg at the knee joint.

Its essential that you warm up and stretch your hamstring muscles prior to performing any sort of strength exercise, as often the hamstring muscles are in a contracted position, such as when driving to the gym.

Spending a minimum of 5 – 10 minutes of light exercise such as cycling – jogging will help warm up your hamstring muscles prior to stretching and then your workout – never train cold muscles!

Look in the STRENGTH TRAINING area for advice on how to train your

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