The Back Squat: A Proposed Assessment of Functional Deficits and Technical Factors That Limit Performance

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Abstract

FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT COMPETENCY IS ESSENTIAL FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION AND FOR REDUCING INJURY RISK, WHICH ARE BOTH KEY ELEMENTS OF HEALTH PROMOTION. THE SQUAT MOVEMENT PATTERN IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENTS NECESSARY TO IMPROVE SPORT PERFORMANCE, TO REDUCE INJURY RISK, AND TO SUPPORT LIFELONG PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. BASED ON CURRENT EVIDENCE, THIS FIRST (1 OF 2) REPORT DECONSTRUCTS THE TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE BACK SQUAT AND PRESENTS A NOVEL DYNAMIC SCREENING TOOL THAT INCORPORATES IDENTIFICATION TECHNIQUES FOR KNOWN FUNCTIONAL DEFICITS. THE FOLLOW-UP REPORT WILL OUTLINE TARGETED CORRECTIVE METHODOLOGY FOR EACH OF THESE FUNCTIONAL DEFICITS.

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