Injury prevention: How to avoid hamstring injuries

Physio and osteopath Lewis Wood addresses soreness across the back of the thigh — namely, strained hamstrings

(Image credit: Dan Baines)

Many cyclists complain about having tight hamstrings, but I’m often surprised, when I ask cyclist patients, how few regularly stretch their hamstrings. If left alone, hamstring muscles naturally shorten, especially while sitting with your knees bent. Given that normal sitting causes hamstring tightness, it’s no surprise that sitting on a saddle for hours at a time has an even worse effect.

What are the hamstrings?

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