Ok, so you you might not have a lot of horse-riding clients perhaps, but I was asked by a PT what I would do with such a client with chronically tight hamstrings. The answer actually fits for tight hamstrings in general, so I thought it would be worth while posting. hope it helps!
“Now in regards to your horse riding client (I’ve had a couple of these too!), as a general rule of thumb, a tightness is a compensation/protection due to a weakness somewhere else, and we find that in hamstrings this is related to glut (max and med) weakness > which is often due to poor core function. Especially in a horse riding position, where they are often holding a half squat position, where the core and hips have to absorb a lot of forces. So if they are weak in this chain/pattern, then the hamstrings tend to overwork and end up getting tight as a result. So I would ensure good core and glut function, and then progress adequately into positions that create a similar demand (eg. Bent over cable rows, deadlifts, etc) – but ensure you have good function first, otherwise you risk feeding the problem!”
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