Tight knee when doing side split stretch.

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by crash76, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. crash76

    crash76 Valued Member

    Hi, sorry, but this is my first post on this site, but have read quite a few articles on here.

    Myself, and a few others at my club, experience quite a tight feeling on the inside and to the back of our knees when we try to stretch our legs for a side split. It more feels like a ligament is about to snap than a stretch, and actually prevents me from wanting to stretch our any further. Its quite painful to stretch it and feels like it will snap if i go to far. Its exaclty the same in both legs.

    From what i can gather this muscle is called the semitendinosus, or the semimembranosus.....can anyone confirm?

    And if this is the muscle, will simple hamstring stretches help or do i need to do some sort of "release" of this muscle so that i can stretch better, or specific stretches to target this muscle?

    Thanks again

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