Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Health Tips for July 28

Health Tip: Stretch Your Hamstrings

The hamstring is a muscle that runs along the back of the thigh. Pulling this muscle can be quite painful.

A simple stretch can help prevent a pulled hamstring if done before and after exercise, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Sit down on the floor and straighten out one leg, and bend your other leg.
  • Place the sole of your foot of your bent leg against the inside of your straight leg.
  • Leaning forward a little bit, extend your arms and touch the toes of your straight leg.
  • Keep your toes pointing upward and your foot and ankle relaxed.
  • Hold that position for 30 seconds.
  • Switch and perform the stretch on the other leg.

Health Tip: Straining the Hamstring

A hamstring injury can sideline an athlete or exercise buff for quite a while.

While anyone can pull a hamstring, some people are at greater risk of the injury. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list:

  • Young athletes who are still maturing.
  • Many professional athletes, including runners, football players, skaters and soccer players.
  • People who run or sprint for exercise.
  • Dancers.
  • Seniors who play sports or who take frequent walks.

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