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Squats: Form Matters

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The squat is one of the most widely used exercises in athletic strength and conditioning. It’s also one of the most controversial. Over the years there’s been a standard in terms of squatting technique; heels on the ground, push the hips back (as opposed to the knees forward), knees aligned with the toes, etc. However, not everyone agrees with this.   The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has an interesting little study examining the impact of squatting form on...

Hamstring Training: More Than Leg Curls

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The hamstrings, glutes, and lower back are an important chain of muscles for athletic performance. Not only are they important for performing movements that involve hip extension and knee flexion, but they are also important for preventing hamstring and non-contact ACL injuries.   Having said that, not all hamstring exercises are created equal. Athletes that are trying to improve performance or prevent injuries need hamstrings that are strong in the lengthened position. This means largely avoiding leg curl variations and...

What Happens To An Athlete After An ACL Injury?

ACL injuries are catastrophic, season-ending injuries.  However, with advanced in medicine, rehab, and strength and conditioning they are no longer career-ending injuries.  Between working with athletes and watching the media, it feels like athletes are able to return to sport and participate at a high level following reconstruction and a successful rehab program.  However, it also feels like athletes with ACL injuries are more likely to injure their other knee, although up until now I haven’t really been able to...

Are Knees Normal After ACL Reconstruction?

While ACL injury and reconstruction isn’t routine, it no longer seems like a big deal in sports media. Of course athletes rupture their ACL, will have reconstruction, then will return to sport. What is interesting is that athletes reinjure their ACL or suffer degenerative problems (i.e. knee osteoarthritis) down the line. Oberlander et al, in the latest issue of Clinical Biomechanics, conducted a study to examine lower leg movements during landing in subjects with a history of ACL rupture and...

What Do We “Know” About The Hamstrings? A Review…

Recently I had a post reviewing an article by McAllister et al (2014) looking at the effectiveness of various hamstring exercises. This is actually a convenient time to look back at the last few years of research and to look at what we “know.” This is important because we never have enough time to train our athletes so we need to focus on what is most important for their health and their performance. This post will look at the hamstrings...