Friday, January 20, 2012
Ritzenhein's Hamstring Problems Can Be Fixed!
Dathan Ritzenhein finished 4th in the Olympic Trials marathon last weekend, but it sounds to me like cramping hamstrings were the only thing that kept him from contending for the win, NOT his fitness. Despite all of the bells and whistles from NIKE, this is a problem that has afflicted Ritz in every single marathon he's attempted, including the 2008 Olympics where he placed 9th. I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes, but I would like to believe, given his history of problems, that Ritz has been religiously working on eccentric hamstring strength. He states in this article that "it's muscular fatigue", and I'd really like to see exactly what they did besides nutrition to correct it. Something tells me not enough eccentric strength work.