There’s a better way to stretch tight hamstrings

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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretch for Hamstrings
Presented by:  Kelley Pearce American College of Sports Medicine Certified

  1. Start by lying on your back and strapping the leg that your are intending to stretch.
  2. Lift leg up 90 degrees from hip  keeping opposite leg bent. See photo above.
  3. Begin by stretching the raised leg to a mild discomfort.
  4. After the mild discomfort dissipates, hold the strap tight under the arch of your foot and stretch into the strap for 5 seconds.  This is basically contracting your leg into the strap and having it try to move to the floor.
  5. Once the stretch has been held for 5 seconds, release your leg slightly toward the floor and then re-stretch to mild discomfort again.
  6. Repeat this up to 5 times on each leg.

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