All three of these hamstring muscles attach at their upper end to the sitting bone. At the lower end they attach to the inside and outside of the lower leg bones (the fibula and tibia.)
Additional functions of the hamstring muscles
With the knee bent, the hamstrings can be used to rotate the shin relative to the femur.
With the knee straight, the hamstrings can assist in rotating the leg as a whole relative to the hip bone.
And so you could think of the hamstrings as having three main functions, shin rotation, knee bending and hip extending.
Why work at anchoring your hamstrings?
When working on your hamstrings, it helps to anchor the hamstrings.
Any muscle works a little better if you give it a fixed anchor point. With hamstring muscle control you'll learn not only how to anchor the hamstrings but how to active them easily while standing and sitting. You'll also learn to feel them activate.
What are the advantages of anchoring the hamstrings
What are the advantages of anchoring the hamstrings?
If you learn how to anchor your hamstrings, they can function more effectively. That can mean both your knees and your hips can function more effectively. Just as importantly, you reduce the chance of injuring your hamstrings if they are anchored effectively.
The importance of understanding the hamstrings as shin rotators
What's so important about the hamstrings being able to rotate the shins?
If you understand the simple idea that the hamstrings are involved in shin rotation, it can make it easier to activate the inner and the outer hamstrings for balanced hamstring function.
It also means that you understand the importance of rotational shin stability when trying to anchor the hamstrings.
Directly experience your hamstrings (through muscle control)
All of this is easier to understand when you can directly experience it in your own body.
And that's part of what hamstring muscle control helps you with. You not only learn how to activate you hamstrings, but how to feel them, how to anchor them, and different anchoring options.
And since the hamstrings include the hamstring tendons at the back of your knees you'll also learn how to feel these tendons and fine tune tension in them.
A stand-alone course
This is part 2 in a series of muscle control courses. While it is recommended that you start with part 1, hip flexor muscle control, this program is designed to be as stand-alone as possible.
(You can also purchase it with Hip flexor control)