summary: The conventional back squat (CBS) is commonly employed to enhance strength in the lower extremities. The suspended chain squat (SCS) provides a unique challenge to the musculature of the ankle, knee, hip, abdomen, and lumbar spine and may be a beneficial adjunct to any sports training or rehabilitation program. In addition, the SCS may prove to be beneficial in the rehabilitation and reduction of such injuries as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage, medial collateral ligament (MCL) damage, and patellofemoral pain syndrome. The proposed benefits may be due to the abduction torque and rotation of the tibia that occurs when performing the SCS.
(C) 2004 National Strength and Conditioning Association