oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - An evaluation of hamstring / quadricep strength ratios in elite long distance runners and sprinters

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The purpose of this study was to investigate hamstring /quadricep strength ratios in long distance runners and sprinters. Hamstring /quadriceps strength ratios were obtained in twenty five elite long distance runners and twenty one sprinters at a testing speed of 60 degrees /sec on the Cybex II. Hamstrings were found to be 62% and 59% of quadriceps in sprinters and long distance runners respectively. Sprinters generated significantly greater knee flexor and extensor muscle torque than long distance runners for both legs even when strength was expressed relative to body weight.

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