Hamstring curls strengthen the muscles in the back of the thigh. Do 8
to 12 repetitions.
Lie on your stomach with your knees straight. If
your kneecap is uncomfortable, roll up a washcloth and put it under your leg
just above your kneecap.
Lift the foot of your injured leg by
bending the knee so that you bring the foot up toward your buttocks. If this
motion hurts, try it without bending your knee quite as far, in order to avoid
any painful motion.
You may also want to add a cuff weight to your
ankle [not more than 5 lb (2 kg)], or use soup cans in a plastic bag with the
loops around your ankle. With weight, you don't have to lift your leg more than
12 in. (30 cm) to get a hamstring workout.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as of
March 7, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 07, 2013
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