PNF Hamstring Stretch

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What is PNF stretching?

PNF Hamstring Stretch

PNF (Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation) has a number of therapeutic applications, but you can incorporate it into your own stretching program and stretching exercises. Do your stretch, tense or contract the target muscle, then finally relax and extend your stretch.

For example, to stretch your hamstrings from the common inside hurdler's stretch, sit on the floor with your right leg extended and the sole of your left foot against your right inner thigh. Keeping your back straight, reach toward your right foot until you feel the stretching. Pause and contract your right hamstring as though you were pushing your heel into the floor, relax your leg completely and reach a little further toward your foot. You'll find you can get another inch or so out of muscle stretching with this technique.



2/15/2007 10:49:38 PM
Danny said:

You should prolly sit on a table or bench and have the opposite leg on the ground and the other leg on the bench or table out in front of you and grab your toes and hold for 5 to 7 minutes each leg.

4/4/2008 4:33:09 AM
mom said:

this is much more effective when done with a partner who has you push against them for a count of 10 and then gently re stretches the hamstring.

1/25/2012 4:24:22 PM
Rick said:

Keep in mind the Inside Hurdlers Stretch is contraindicated by the American College of Sports Medicine.


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