The 6 Simple Mistakes You Could Be Making During the Squat Exercise

By Spencer Brown


The assessment of movement quality is an important part of restoring physical function, reducing injury risk and remaining pain-free. This article explains why we look at clients performing the squat and what particular dysfunctions can present.

The squat exercise is designed to assess dynamic flexibility, mid-section (core) strength, balance and neuromuscular control. It has been proven to be a valid and reliable measure of lower-extremity movement patterns when standard protocols are applied. The results of the squat assessment will indicate whether a person has an increased risk of injury.

Typical dysfunctions include:

- excessive ankle pronation (rolling inwards)

- knee valgus (inwards misalignment with the foot)

- lateral shift of the hips

- Hip drop on one side

SQ rear (dysfunction)           SQ rear

- excessive forward lean of the upper body

- lack of depth (range of movement)

SQ side (dysfunction)           SQ side

Movement dysfunctions are well documented in research to be the underlying cause for many chronic overuse injuries. If you suspect you present with any of the above dysfunctions don’t ignore it, get it sorted before it manifests into a more serious problem.