An exercise called the glute-ham raise may be the best way to prevent hamstring injuries. Norwegian scientists found that this move, if done regularly, cuts the incidence of hamstring strains by 65 per cent.
1 The Set-up
Kneel on the floor with your torso upright and your body aligned from head to knees. Have a partner brace your lower legs and ankles so they can’t rise from the floor.
2 The Move
Bending only at your knees, slowly lower your body until your torso touches the floor. (Contract your hamstrings to avoid falling.)
3 The Return
Use your hands to push off the floor as you pull your body back to the starting position.