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Old 02-22-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Today as I was training for legs, I felt a really annoying stiffness/mild pain in my right hamstring. This happened last leg session too, but not as sharply as today. I don't really feel it much doing leg press or deadlift, but when I complete my movement in the lying leg curl ( at the end of the movement, where my legs are closer to my butt) I can definitely feel it very much.

I can train through it but I don't want to risk getting injured either. It also seems to lower my strength.

I am just wondering if anyone ever had the experience before or has any knowledge of what might be happening.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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It may seem counter-intuitive, but I would stretch my groin, hip flexor and foam roll my calves, glutes and ITB... if there's specifically a knot in my hammy, I would also massage that out.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:42 PM   #3
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It may seem counter-intuitive, but I would stretch my groin, hip flexor and foam roll my calves, glutes and ITB... if there's specifically a knot in my hammy, I would also massage that out.
Yeah thats actually a really good idea. I'll try to stretch everyday from now on.

I don't have any foam roller tho at the moment, I'll try to check if I can find any in Canada. Is that expensive? (I'm pretty poor for now) I heard really good things about foam rolling.
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It may seem counter-intuitive, but I would stretch my groin, hip flexor and foam roll my calves, glutes and ITB... if there's specifically a knot in my hammy, I would also massage that out.
^ this. i am totally opposed to stretching (lol) except in the case you described. i had sciatica about a year and a half ago, and it had a similar effect on my left hamstring. stretching definitely helped, as much as i hated it. thank God it healed up and i don't ever have to stretch again
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Yeah thats actually a really good idea. I'll try to stretch everyday from now on.

I don't have any foam roller tho at the moment, I'll try to check if I can find any in Canada. Is that expensive? (I'm pretty poor for now) I heard really good things about foam rolling.
foam rollers should be pretty cheap. you can always get a 4" diameter schedule 40 PVC pipe and use that to roll on too. Foam doesn't do much for my upper back, but the PVC really helps it a lot
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Yeah thats actually a really good idea. I'll try to stretch everyday from now on.

I don't have any foam roller tho at the moment, I'll try to check if I can find any in Canada. Is that expensive? (I'm pretty poor for now) I heard really good things about foam rolling.
You could get by with a smaller 12" one. You can also use tennis balls and other balls for a similar effect.


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^ this. i am totally opposed to stretching (lol) except in the case you described. i had sciatica about a year and a half ago, and it had a similar effect on my left hamstring. stretching definitely helped, as much as i hated it. thank God it healed up and i don't ever have to stretch again
standard stretching is not useful to me either. I prefer contract/relax stretching (per Pavel) or using light weights to work through a range of motion or moving against bands...

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foam rollers should be pretty cheap. you can always get a 4" diameter schedule 40 PVC pipe and use that to roll on too. Foam doesn't do much for my upper back, but the PVC really helps it a lot
Same here as far as upper back...I use a harder (black) foam roller for everything.
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Could be just a spasm, could be a small tear hard to tell from here. Stretching and massage are good, if you know why you're doing them! If it's a tear, the stretching and massage will help to reduce scar tissue build up as your body rebuilds. That's why you stretch and massage a muscle injury.

Either way I'd drop the leg curl, I'm fairly certain it injures more people than it helps.
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Thanks a lot for all the suggestions guys.

I gotta say I'm glad I joined the forums, everyone is really helpful here.

I found a fairly cheap foam roller, so I will probably order it next week.

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Either way I'd drop the leg curl, I'm fairly certain it injures more people than it helps.
Do you have any suggestion as for good leg curl replacement exercice? I would normally go for something like romanian deadlift but my back gets tired pretty easily and I already do conventional deadlift and squat in my current routine, so I'm not sure it would be the best idea.
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Stiff leg deadlifts, from the floor, beltless and preferably rounded upper back. The last bit is optional, depending on what you consider to be safe.

Start light, do it twice a week, add weight slowly working on form and stretch. Within 6 months you'll hit big weights and have stronger hammies.
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Stiff leg deadlifts, from the floor, beltless and preferably rounded upper back. The last bit is optional, depending on what you consider to be safe.

Start light, do it twice a week, add weight slowly working on form and stretch. Within 6 months you'll hit big weights and have stronger hammies.
Most tightness is the result of weakness at a certain ROM. Gently building strength at the point where you have any issues is curative.

A good exercise, with a reasonable weight and a full ROM is the best kind of stretching...lightly loaded, normal movement with decent reps will work out most problems...follow up with a little rolling, etc. and you'll recover quickly.
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