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Get It Right: The Hamstring Stretch

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THE EASIEST AND MOST COMMON hamstring stretch-standing with one leg out straight on a chair or bench, then leaning forward-may not be the safest way to loosen your muscles before skiing. A study published in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training found that being off-balance as you lean forward in the standing stretch can cause your pelvis to shift out of position, leading to poor flexibility and muscle sprains.

THE TRAINERS’ FIX: Lie on your back in a doorway or near the corner of a wall. Place one leg up on the wall while keeping the other straight along the ground. This position keeps your pelvis in the right place and maximizes your stretch.