One of the benefits of kettlebell training is using kettlebells to strengthen specific parts of your body in order to prevent injuries. Kettlebells are unique in that you can isolate specific muscles with them or entire sections of your body. Learning how to use kettlebells correctly is a great way to help prevent injuries to parts of the body by using kettlebells to focus on building specific muscle groups.
We are working with Dr. Eric St-Onge (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook ) to create a series of blog posts about how you can use kettlebells to prevent common injuries and learn some anatomy at the same time. Dr. Eric St-Onge has a very unique background in that he has experienced sports injury, rehabbed, gone to school for chiropractic and now he helps other people rehab through his knowledge, experience and approach to care. In addition, what makes his contribution to our blog so great is that he is a Kettlebell Sport athlete so he can speak first hand to how the body interacts with kettlebell training and the specific movements to help prevent commons injuries.
What is especially fascinating about this series is the explanation of the anatomy of the different muscles involved, shown in the video below. We look forward to bringing you this series and teaching you about preventing injuries as well as learning some anatomy along the way.
Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries in the athletic population. Having weaker hamstrings is shown to create higher risk for hamstring strains, so doing movements specifically to strengthen hamstrings is a great idea. Dr. St-Onge will be going over kettlebell movements designed to increase hamstring strength and therefore reduce injury.
Hamstring Muscle Anatomy
There are four main hamstring muscles, from inside to outside, semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris (shown at 0:50 in video below). All of these muscle attach down to the shin bone. Three out of the four hamstring muscles work to extend the hip and flex the knee, while just one of the muscles only flexes the knee. The video below shows a detailed explanation of where each of the muscles are in the body.