(HealthDay News) -- Hamstrings, muscles in the back of the thighs, are frequently strained in athletes who do a lot of sprinting -- such as those who play track, soccer or basketball.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says knowing the risk factors for pulled hamstrings can help prevent them. Here's the academy's list:
- Having tight muscles that aren't properly stretched.
- Having strong quadriceps and weaker hamstrings.
- Having weak, poorly conditioned muscles.
- Exercising or playing sports when muscles are fatigued.
-- Diana Kohnle
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