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The Bodyweight Squat: A Movement Screen for the Squat Pattern

Kritz, Matthew MSc, CSCS1; Cronin, John PhD2; Hume, Patria PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 76-85
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318195eb2f
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THE SQUAT PATTERN FOUND IN EXERCISES SUCH AS THE BACK SQUAT, FRONT SQUAT, AND DEAD LIFT ARE WIDELY CONSIDERED FOUNDATIONAL EXERCISES USED BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS TO IMPROVE STRENGTH AND POWER. BEFORE LOADING AN ATHLETE WITH VARIOUS SQUAT PATTERN EXERCISES, SCREENING AN ATHLETE'S MOVEMENT CAPABILITY WITH A SIMPLE BODYWEIGHT BILATERAL SQUAT MAY GIVE VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO AN ATHLETE'S MOVEMENT CAPABILITY. INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A BODYWEIGHT BILATERAL SQUAT SCREEN MAY ASSIST THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL WITH DEVELOPING SAFER MORE EFFECTIVE STRENGTH-TRAINING PROGRAMS.

1Institute of Sport & Recreation Research New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; and 2School of Biomedical and Health Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Matt Kritz is a PhD candidate in sport biomechanics at the Institute of Sport & Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, and is a strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

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John Cronin is a Professor of Strength and Conditioning at AUT University.

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Patria Hume is a Professor of Exercise Science, Human Performance at AUT University.

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