Proximal Hamstring Tendon issues are common to distance runners, trail runners, sprinters and hurdlers. It's not the classic , clutching the back of your leg hamstring injury that you might see on a football field but rather a chronic problem that has been niggling at runners for a while
It is a deep, localised buttock pain, right on your ischial tuberosity (think sit bone) People suffering it will often describe it as an intense ache.
Tendons don't like compression or tension and activities that require the hamstring to contract or lengthen whilst in hip flexion can result in too much tensile and compressive load at the tendon insertion - think sprinting, hill work , jumping lunges. The hamstring tendon can sometimes be irritated by too much sustained stretching (tensile stress) in hip flexion (warrior pose and the classic hamstring stretch) or compressed by excessive sitting on hard surfaces
Sometimes you might have lower back pain, sciatic pain or sacro-iliac joint pain as well - so it is always worth getting checked out by a professional
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