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Runners need strong hamstrings for two primary reasons: injury prevention and improved performance.

Strong hamstrings help stabilise the knee joint and absorb the impact forces during running, reducing the risk of injuries like hamstring strains and knee problems.

Additionally, the hamstrings play a crucial role in hip extension and knee flexion, contributing to stride length, power generation during the push-off phase, and efficient running mechanics. A balanced hamstring-to-quadriceps strength ratio can also enhance running economy, allowing runners to use less oxygen at a given pace.

Overall, incorporating hamstring strengthening exercises into a runner’s training routine can lead to improved resilience, better running form, and potentially faster times.

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