Movement Pattern Evaluation Series: Squat

What is it? 

There are four primary kinematic angles that must have the proper biomechanics relative to executing a successful squat pattern.  

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While squat patterns can be completed with different loading strategies or in a unilateral lower body position (i.e. lunges, single leg stances), the ideal levels of joint flexibility and mobility are very similar.

Why is it important to assess? 

Any deviation in ideal musculoskeletal length-tension relationships will not only compromise the corresponding joint(s) and associated musculature, but will cause compensatory patterns throughout the kinetic chain. 

For example, during a squat pattern with an anterior load, inadequate flexibility and mobility in the hips can increase the load on the low back and compromise its stability.

How do you assess Bilateral Squat Pattern?

Niki Driscoll