Hamstring tears are a common injury for soccer players, dancers, runners...really anyone who goes for a brisk dash. Try this quick workout supplement from The New York Times to bolster your hamstring confidence out on the field of life.
"After warming up, kneel on the ground, with a spotter securing your ankles. Then, as slowly and smoothly as possible, lean forward so that your chest approaches the ground. Use your hamstrings to put the brakes on your forward momentum until you can no longer resist gravity. Put out your arms at that point to stop your fall. Allow your chest to touch the ground, then push yourself upright to repeat the exercise."
"Week 1: 1 session; 10 repetitions
Week 2: 2 sessions; 12 repetitions each
Week 3: 3 sessions; 18 to 24 repetitions each
Week 4: 3 sessions; 24 to 30 repetitions each
Weeks 5: 10 – 3 sessions; 30 repetitions each (divided into 3 sets of 12, then 10, then 8 repetitions)
After 10 weeks, try to perform one weekly maintenance session of 30 repetitions."
Click here to see the full post by Gretchen Reynolds.
This fascinating read compiles the latest scientific understanding of what makes different athletes great with some very surprising finds! Our Red Sox fans will be particularly interested in the section on baseball. :)
NPR interview with the author: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/05/209160709/talent-or-skill-honing-in-on-the-elusive-sports-gene