Welcome to Squat University! Today we’re going to go over a common complaint with those who back squat, elbow pain. This problem occurs due to three reasons: Poor Technique Mobility Restrictions Poor Shoulder External Rotation Strength Try This Test Find a wall, and stand with your back to it. Your head and entire back shouldContinue reading How to Fix Elbow Pain When Squatting
Welcome back to Squat University! Last week we opened our series on hip pain with an article on how to rehab a hamstring strain. This week we’re going to discuss groin pain. Groin injuries commonly occur in sports with kicking, quick change of direction, twisting, and turning.4 While the amount of athletes sustaining this injuryContinue reading What Kind of Groin Pain Do You Have?
Do you struggle to keep your chest up when front squatting big weight? In this episode of the #AskSquatU Show, Dr. Aaron Horschig tackles how to fix this problem with two simple methods: learning how to breathe & performing a functional core stability exercise called the No Hands “Zombie” Front Squat. Problem #1: Breathing Proper breathingContinue reading How to Keep Your Chest Up When Front Squatting
The hamstring strain is considered to be one of the most common injuries in athletics. It seems like you’re always hearing about a professional NFL or soccer player with a pulled hammy on ESPN. Research shows that depending on the sport, you’ll find hamstring stains can accounts for 8% to 25% of all reported injuries.1Continue reading How to Rehab a Hamstring Strain
In this episode of the #AskSquatU Show, Dr. Aaron Horschig discusses why your toes may spin out as you squat and how to fix it! The Causes There are 3 main causes for why your toes would SPIN OUT as you squat: stiff ankle mobility poor foot stability limited hip internal rotation Testing Ankle MobilityContinue reading How to Squat Without Your Toes Spinning Out
Welcome back to Squat University! For the past few weeks we’ve been covering the topic of knee pain. Today I want switch gears and introduce a new series on hip pain! Prevalence of Hip Pain in Athletes Hip injuries (including groin and hamstring injuries) are not as prevalent in weightlifting, powerlifting or CrossFit athletes whenContinue reading What Kind Of Hip Pain Do You Have?
A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with one of our interns at Boost Physical Therapy & Sport Performance on the topic of squat mechanics. His question is one that I hear all the time, “Do front squats train the quads more than the back squat?” I looked at him dead in theContinue reading Is Your Squat “Quad Dominant” Or “Hip Dominant?”
Poor movement patterns (i.e. bad technique) is one of the most common reasons barbell athletes develop knee pain. Problems with knee control can sometimes be very glaring (such as an athlete who shows a significant knee collapse while performing a clean & jerk). Other times the problem can be very subtle and difficult to recognizeContinue reading How to Fix ‘Knee Cave’
For the past few weeks we’ve been discussing knee pain. We started with an article on IT Band syndrome and followed it with another on patellar tendon pain. Today, we’re going to examine another common knee injury sustained by barbell athletes, patellar compressive syndrome. This injury can be broken down into two categories. Excessive lateralContinue reading How to Fix Patellar Compressive Syndrome
For the past few weeks, we have been discussing knee pain. On last week’s article, we covered IT Band syndrome in detail. Today, we’re going to examine the most common knee injury that occurs with barbell training, patellar tendon pain. Patellar Tendon Anatomy 101 First, let’s talk about what a tendon is. A tendon isContinue reading How to Fix Patellar Tendon Pain