It is no secret that hamstrings (the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris muscles in the back of the upper leg) are a common source of injury and pain in athletes, and a headache to athletic trainers and conditioning coaches.
Hamstring injuries occur most often in sports when they are stretched eccentrically at a high speed. Track and field and running contact sports like football and basketball are prime examples. In addition, sports such where the knee is fully extended during injury (like waterskiing), can also lead to hamstring injuries.
CLICK HERE to keep reading the article by Balanced Body Founder and CEO Ken Endelman investigating common causes of hamstring injuries and simple Pilates exercises which may help to prevent them.