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How can I keep my hamstrings from tightening up after softball?

STRETCH!!  Softball is a great sport, especially slo-pitch softball!  The joy of playing with family and friends is great and the level of competition is present but hopefully not too competitive.  Be sure to warm-up prior to activities and to cool down following.  Many individuals show up to the game just in time for the first pitch and then head home afterwards too relaxed and more often than not, watch TV.  While watching TV, complete a stretch or two.  Hamstring stretches are easy and here are two to try. 

First, while standing, take one foot slight forward; keep that leg straight while leaning back on your other leg bending that knee.  To advance this stretch, take the foot that is forward and lift up on your heel.  This should give you a nice stretch in the back of the leg that is in front.  Another stretch requires assistance from a band, a piece of rope, or something that can be used to wrap around the bottom of your foot.  Take the object you are using, wrap it around the bottom of your foot, between the ball of your foot and your heel, lay on your back and pull that foot up in the air.  Try to keep your knee straight and keep your other leg slight bent or straight.  Be sure not to pull too hard that your hips lift off the ground.  These two stretches are some of many but easy to complete and can be done in the comfort of your home.

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