Forefoot running is better at preventing hamstring injury than heel strike running because making the conscious effort of landing on the balls of the foot (forefoot strike) during running causes the knee to slightly bend which has the direct effect of reducing stretch force and tension on the hamstrings. Even better, the increased knee-bend at touchdown in forefoot running enables the foot to land closer to the mass of the body which reduces the brake force low enough to avoid a high compressive wave. As a result, less compressive loads is transmitted to the hamstrings. Read more here!
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.