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The Four Biggest Problem Areas For Runners

  • By Caitlin Chock
  • Published Nov. 8, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM UTC
In order to stay healthy as a runner, it's important to keep a close eye on the problem areas.

Problem Area: The Hamstrings

The hamstrings work in a team with your glutes and quads for each stride; this interconnection is a prime example of what happens when weaknesses are present. “[I] have seen a lot of injuries where the glutes don’t fire so [there are] calf and ankle problems,” says Hudson, “but for sure hamstring and a lot of hamstring problems come from back or lower back things.”

  • Balance ball pulls: With your back on the floor and arms rested at your side, extend your legs in front and place your ankles atop a balance ball. Lift your bum off the ground as you did with the bridge then pull your knees toward your chest and roll the ball towards your glutes. Roll back out and repeat for sets of 10-15.
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