Good squatting technique

  As I said on this blog last week, squatting is awfully good for you. Done right, of course.

I've found YET another article to support this. It has a great illustration, for one:

baby-squat

Also, it quotes Kelly Starrett who you are about to watch in the below video.

One Hundred Percent of people I see in the clinic with osteochondritis, flaking-off, osteochondral defects, chondral malasia- which is a softening of articular surfaces- usually with a meniscus injury….All these things are accompanied by people who are not squatting, they are knee bending…..They can’t squat, they have never been shown, it is their coaches fault, their PE teachers fault….They’re gonna have muted hip function and lead with the knees….The best way I know how to fix them is to teach them to squat. The squat magically cures knee pain.

I know this is an exaggeration but if we can teach people how to squat correctly it carries over to reducing shear forces in landing, walking stairs, improves running mechanics and a long list of benefits for your athletes or clients.

This is the best video I've ever found to explain good squatting technique. Granted, we yogis don't add those monstrous weights to our practices, but a good squat is a good squat, and a bad one...will hurt you. The monstrous weights mean that people HAVE to keep their technique 'clean' or they will get hurt a heck of a lot faster.

I've seen way too may people who have form like this girl - including me, with my sticky-outy ass! It can be corrected though, with the right movement cues.

The opposite is also true: round your lower back and 'tucking the tailbone' when squatting can lead to all manner of nasties, including lumbar disc compression. So, stick your ass out, but STABILISE your core by setting your legs up properly.

Watch and marvel.

 

Check it out, try it out, let me know what you think.