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Facts on Tight Hamstring Muscles

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Facts on Tight Hamstring Muscles
A runner stretching his hamstrings in the grass. Photo Credit vladans/iStock/Getty Images

We all most likely know that the hamstrings have something to do with the backs of our thighs. But what are these muscles, really? Hamstrings are made up of three long muscles: the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus, that run on the outside and inside of our legs. These muscles stretch from your rear end to the backs of your knees. They not only help bend the knee, they stabilize the joint when walking and twisting. It's important for these muscles to be flexible in order to work correctly.

We all most likely know that the hamstrings have something to do with the backs of our thighs. But what are these muscles, really? Hamstrings are made up of three long muscles: the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus, that run on the outside and inside of our legs. These muscles stretch from your rear end to the backs of your knees. They not only help bend the knee, they stabilize the joint when walking and twisting. It's important for these muscles to be flexible in order to work correctly.

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