Stretch of the Week: Active Hamstring Stretch
By Amanda Gallow, DPT, SCS
AZOPT Buckeye Physical Therapist
Stretch Type: Dynamic
How to Perform: Lie on your back. Keep one leg straight on the floor or table. Hold the opposite leg behind your knee with both hands. Gently alternate straightening and bending your knee so you feel a stretch alongside the back of your leg. Don’t force the knee all the way straight. Repeat 15-20 times each side.
Why Perform This Stretch: This is dynamic stretch to address mobility of your hamstring muscles. Since it is a dynamic stretch, it’s appropriate to perform this stretch prior to activity such as running or biking. Be cautious not to force your leg straight if it does not straighten easily.