Foam rolling hamstrings revisited

revised-foam-rollingMy own personal trainer and mentor, Scott Stone, informed me that the hurdle stretch, which is illustrated in my post about foam rolling the hamstrings is contraindicated for anyone who’s had an MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear and generally not recommended for anyone else, in order to avoid such a tear. Although the position of the non-rolling leg was not meant to be in a full stretch, an alternate way to keep it out of the way is to sit on the roller as indicated in the photograph at right, and bend the other knee with the foot flat on the floor in front of you or slightly to the side. The point is to get the non-rolling leg out of the way so you can sink the other leg deeply into the foam roller to access the hamstring attachments.