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Hamstring issues account for 26 per cent of all running injuries, with one third of runners re-injuring them within a year. So how can you prevent your hamstrings getting injured?


Lisa Posnett is a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist who works at Pure Sports Medicine ( She is a keen marathon and ultramarathon runner and has a special interest in running injury rehabilitation and prevention.

The hamstring is the big muscle on the back of your thigh, running from your sitting bone (ischial tuberosity) to the back of your knee. It’s a unique muscle because it covers two big joints, the knee and the hip, which enables the muscle to simultaneously flex (bend) the knee and extend (move backwards) the hip. This alone already makes the hamstring more susceptible to injury.

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