Everybody is chasing the perfect squat and pushing the limits of just how much weight they can move. The reality of the squat is that it is not just for power-lifters, it’s a foundational movement that is as simple as sitting down and getting up from the toilet seat!
The hip was too big for one episode, so we broke it up into two awesome parts! In this episode we focus on limitations into hip rotation. As we descend into the depth of our squat, we all know that our knees should track over our toes. What we often forget is that as our pelvis continues towards the floor the femoral head (the top of the upper thigh bone) must rotate relative to joint in order to gain the depth and pain free movement were hoping for!
Often, we’ll see the knee fall in towards midline, or people feel “stuck” unable to get lower in their squat position. In this episode we review some tests you can do to see if your hip rotation may be one of your limiting factors. If you pass these tests, there is a good chance your squat may be hindered by another area of the body. Make your way through the rest of The Squat Series to tackle each joint individually and find out what is limiting you.
If you want more on How To Improve Hip Internal Rotation, check it out in our Movement Mondays database.
About the Squat Series?
The Squat Series is our attempt simplify this complex movement into a joint by joint approach. We provide you with a test for each joint, followed by some remedies for that specific issue.
Featuring Mitch Starkman, Physiotherapist
If in doubt, it is always a good idea to get assessed by your healthcare practitioner so you can truly Move Like You Mean It!