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Hamstring Curl (Strength)

Man sitting on chair with heel in resistance band, doing hamstring curl exercise.This exercise is for an injured right knee. Switch sides if the injury is to your left knee.

  1. Tie the ends of an elastic exercise band or tubing into a large, strong knot. Close the door on the elastic band, so the knot is on one side and the loop of the band is on the other. The elastic band should be close to the floor. You should be on the side of the door with the loop.

  2. Sit in a chair facing the closed door. Slip the loop of the elastic exercise band around the heel of your right leg.

  3. Slowly pull the elastic band backward along the floor with your heel. Stop when you can’t pull it any farther. Hold in place for 10 seconds. Slowly return your leg to the starting position.

  4. Repeat 10 times, or as instructed.

 

Safety tip: Take it slowly. If you do too much too soon, you can create new knee problems, or reinjure your knee.

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