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  1. mitch
    September 20, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Greeting from Australia, I was wanting to know what your thoughts are on Voodoo floss bands? Do you think that by applying immense pressure to a certain area of the body will improve mobility and the mechanics of a joint?

  2. Simon Fowler
    September 20, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    Another quality read !

    I am finding many young athletes are complaining of this to. One cause of this is down to excessive time spent in the fetal position whilst playing video games and watching tv. My advice is the obvious to them.

  3. Debbie
    September 20, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    I’m resting during the recovery period offer the surgery but once I started pt I walk about 5 mi every other day. Like others once you injure in my case tear your a little scared to beyond your comfort range. On days when I do a walk, no pain but when I go to drive its a little difficult getting out of the car and those first few steps.

    Rehab is not for sissies but sometimes it makes you one.

  4. Eric Cressey
    September 20, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Debbie,

    For a traumatic, post-surgery case, I’m really hesitant to throw out advice on the internet. I’d defer to your physical therapist 100% on this one.

  5. Eric Cressey
    September 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Mitch,

    There may be some merit for some folks. Compression certainly has a lot of applications.

  6. Steve
    October 16, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Hi Eric, thanks for the great article and all of the helpful information you offer on your site!

    I have been doing strength training for a couple of years and am currently on Wendler’s 5/3/1 program. I also have slight APT. I have never been able to touch my toes with straight legs which I assumed was from tight hamstrings, which is now confusing me a little bit. From what I’ve learned, APT typically corresponds with tight quads / hip flexors, weak abs, and stretched hamstrings. So is it possible that I have APT AND tight hamstrings?

    Another thing I find very frustrating is my limitation when doing ab work. I am unable to keep my legs straight when doing movements like hanging or lying leg raises, which I thought was because of tight hamstrings. My back also feels uncomfortable before my abs get tired forcing me to stop early. I tried doing Pilates to strengthen my core, but I’m not sure if this is the best thing for me right now.

    Do you have any thoughts / recommendations on my situation?

    Thanks so much for the help. I really appreciate it!

  7. William Dutton
    November 12, 2013 - 12:19 am

    This is the best article I have ever read regarding hamstring troubles. I am an athlete a speed skater specifically who has been struggling with hamstring problems after tons of research I found no real solutions. This makes sense, I am very excited to start using these exercises. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and successful treatments.

  8. Frankie
    December 6, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Hello Eric,
    My name is Frankie nice to meet you! I need a little bit of help. About three or four years ago I had an old truck that forced me to reach in order to touch the gas pedal I usually drove a long distance to the local university which wasn’t very local and by the time I step out of the truck I could barely stand on my right leg for the first few minutes this went on for the better part of the year. I have recently started doing the roller stretch technique and is that his help me immensely. But still when I sit in class or in a chair for a long time when I stand up my hamstring is very tight and in discomfort not pain but discomfort. Since you seem knowledgeable about hamstring injuries I didn’t know if this had any of the earmarks that you could direct me toward a course of treatment or if you would recommend a specific type of practitioner or therapists that I could see to address my needs more personally. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated thank you very much for your time.

  9. Jerry
    February 9, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Eric,
    What an awesome article! I have a daughter who is a very strong middle distance runner for a major D1 school. She has battled super tight hamstrings for awhile now and with the increased mileage per week, the tightness is really starting to effect her performance in races. After 800 meters in the Mile race, she said that the burning and tightness in the hamstrings is all that she can focus on :( You pegged her exactly in #1 above as her standing posture for the other 23 hrs per day is almost exactly like the picture you show! My question is – if she commits 100% to making the changes in her posture and commits to the exercises, would you have an approximate timeframe when you think she might see some relief during the quality workouts and races?
    Thank you soooo much!

  10. Josh
    February 9, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Great post! You have certainly highlighted for me personally some factors I need to consider! Thanks a lot

  11. Eric Cressey
    February 13, 2014 - 6:45 am

    Jerry,

    It’s really difficult to say, as it depends heavily on whether she has any true pathology, what her training experience is, and how adherent she is to the program.  It’s a really individual thing.  Sorry I couldn’t be more specific!

  12. Tom
    March 13, 2014 - 9:24 am

    I have right leg hamstring pain and right ankle pain along with low back pain. I know I got this as a cause from slouched sitting in front of a computer as I was unemployed during that time. Your article suggests this is due to anterior pelvic tilt. But I have read that people who sit in a slouched position where the pelvic tilts back are in the category of posterior pelvic tilt. My question is does it matter if one has anterior or posterior to do your suggested exercises/stretches?

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