Glute Hamstring Part 2
The glutes, short for gluteus maximus, medius and minimus muscles and hamstrings are the most important running muscles because they are the most powerful and strongest muscles in the body. They provide the propulsion forward for maximum stride length and the optimum knee stability needed to absorb the landing forces of up to 18 times the body weight, as experienced by an Olympic triple jumper at the Olympics Training Facility in San Diego. Strong hamstrings are the best way to prevent the most common knee surgery due to tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The hamstrings can also prevent many inner knee symptoms, including the medial meniscus symptoms and chronic inner knee ligament sprains, as well as patellar tendinitis. Weak tight hamstrings can even cause low back pain.
Dr. Paul R. Copeskey, D.C., C.C.F.C.