Nordic Leg Curls- The Question or the Answer?
Soccer ( football to our European friends) has a huge problem. Hamstring strains are near epidemic levels. The NFL is not far behind.
As usual, the researchers have all the answers. Actually the answer. DO MORE NORDICS.
Ok, you might ask yourself, “what is a Nordic” and “will it actually prevent hamstring injury”?
Both are good questions so, lets answer them in order:
1- a “Nordic” is basically an eccentric hamstring exercise. Probably in the glute hamstring raise family but without equipment. ( see Mike Boyle on Glute Hams Youtube)
The truth is the Nordic Leg Curl demoed above may be more a test than an exercise or, may be the peak of a very steep pyramid of posterior chain exercise?
I think it’s a real oversimplification to say “just do these Nordic Leg Curls” and you will have healthy hamstrings. I think attempting these exercises with beginners is more of an accident waiting to happen and, not have a progression to get to “Nordics” might in fact cause some injuries.
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