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The hamstring group

a) controls knee flexion (allows you to bend your knee behind you). this is the most commonly exercised posterior leg muscle.

b) Extension of the back. (when you bend over your hamstrings help you stand back up) Part of the hamstring supports your lower back and when not exercised it can weaken and cause lower Back pain as well as leg cramps.

to exercise your legs you can do leg curls (standing or sitting)

to exercise your lowerback you can perform a hyperextension exercise by repeatedly extending your back while keeping your legs straight.

compound movements can exercise both. i.e. Deadlifts, goodmornings, squats.

always warm up first (get your heartrate up and muscles warm) then stretch (like sitting against a wall leaning forwards for 30 seconds) before doing any lifting.

Gross Movements: One can also do consecutive jumps for distance, especially ... also climbing.

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e.g running, cycling, Netball or Basketball

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the follow through with leg after taking a shot in football

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