One of the most frequently viewed pages on this site is for a hamstring stretch. People seem to be obsessed with properly stretching their hamstring muscles. But what are the hamstrings?
Your hamstring muscles are actually a group of three muscles: the biceps femoris, the semimembranosus, and the semitendinosus. These muscles are located behind your thigh and serve to actively bend your knee and extend your hip.
The three hamstrings are interesting because they attach around the knee at three different places. One attaches on the lateral, or outside, part of your knee, one closer to the back of your knee on the medial, or inside, part, and one attaches near the side of your shin in a place called the pes anserine.
Injury to your hamstrings can be a painful experience that limits your ability to walk and run normally. Physical therapy can help you recover from a hamstring injury and return to normal activity quickly and safely.
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