Sep 13, 2017
Squat Problems

Although squats are probably one of the most utilized weight room exercises, oftentimes they are done wrong. For coaches, making sure that athletes are doing exercises correctly is important to maintaining their overall health and keeping them on the field, court, or in the pool. In an article for Train Heroic, Aaron Horschig, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW, discusses the three most common squatting errors and offers tips on how to fix them.

One of the most common mistakes that Horschig sees is the rounding of the spine as the athlete comes back up out of the squat. The reason is usually a lack of core stability.

“For the squat, we require all of the muscles that surround the spine to work together in perfect coordination in order to keep our back from buckling in two,” writes Horschig. “Without this continuous collaboration, the weight of our upper body alone would be enough to collapse our spine!

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The best remedy for this? Horschig suggests telling athletes to take a big breath and feel for the air going into their stomachs

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