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DEVELOPING BETTER ATHLETES ONE STRIDE AT A TIME

In this article put out by the NSCA it discusses the Biomechanics of the Squat. One of the more common questions which clients and athletes have regarding their squatting technique is how low is too low. This article helps to address some of these concerns, but with most exercises it is more important to focus on the quality of the whole movement then it is to worry about one specific aspect. Please read the article for more information:

http://www.nsca-lift.org/HotTopic/download/Squat%20Depth.pdf

Each individual athlete or client might have a different end range of motion during their squat, but permitting they have adequate hip functioning, are able to control their hips, knee and ankles in the sagittal plane and can keep their chest upright during the squat, then the athlete should strive for a full range of motion with their squat getting to parallel and even deeper if the movement quality is still present. If you train through a complete range of motion, this will help you to build and develop strength throughout the full range.

Brian Shackel, MSc