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  • Origin of the hamstring-quadriceps ratio

    Dear List Members,

    I am a PhD student at the University of East London, my topic of
    interest being muscle imbalance of the quads/hams in relation to
    injury and the effect of resistance training on contractile strength
    and neuromuscular activation of these muscle groups.

    I am interested in finding out where the concept of the normal HQ
    ratio of 0.6 originated from. The British Library, online databases
    and the Biomch-L archives have been searched. One reference found may
    be relevant but I cannot locate a copy of it:
    The Knee in Sports: conditioning, injury prevention, rehabilitation
    and studies related to the knee by K.K.Klein & F.L.Allman. Austin,
    Pemberton Press, 1969.

    Any information on access to this book would be greatly appreciated
    as would reference to any other articles available on the HQ ratio
    origin that you know of.

    Thanking you in advance for your help.

    Roz Coombs
    Department of Health Sciences
    University of East London
    Romford Road
    London E15 4LZ

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