The hamstrings, comprised of the semimembraneus, semitendinosis, and the bicep femoris, are in the back of the thigh. They are two joint muscles, responsible for extending the hip, as in standing straight up from a bent over position, and for bending the knee.
The bicep femoris is the most commonly injured of the hamstrings, followed by the semitendinosis. An injured hamstring may take up to a year to heal and reinjury within a year is common.
The hamstrings are very important for walking, running, jumping, and trunk control. They are critical in walking as they work opposite the quadriceps to slow down the knee.

Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Michael Pennington is a physical therapist and the owner of Turning Point Physical Therapy, which is located in beautiful southern Oregon. He is a loving husband, father of six and a master of his trade. Before studying at Pacific University, Michael earned his Eagle Scout and served a full-time 2 year mission in south Africa. He is as accomplished as he is hard working. Al l of his experiences culminate together at his clinic and are evident in his patient care.
Mike Pennington

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