Straight leg ball pick up

The straight leg ball pick up strengthens the hamstring muscles in a stretched position.

Aim:

To strengthen the hamstring muscles. 

Technique:

  • The athlete stands with the heel of the involved leg raised. The uninvolved leg is moved back to provide balance.
  • Ensuring that the back is kept straight the athlete bends to pick up the medicine ball. 
  • All motion involves the pelvis moving around the femurs rather than lumbar flexion. 

Muscles worked: