|Lower leg strength and dynamic balance asymmetries are prevalent in many clients depending on their leg dominance, activities, injury history and preferred movement patterns. Single leg strengthening is an excellent way to assess and correct imbalances. In this column, I will discuss how to use a variation of a single leg squat to improve single leg strength, stability and proprioception..|
This exercise will target and help eliminate strength and stability imbalances that may exist. In addition, it facilitates transverse plane control which will aid injury prevention efforts as most sports injuries to the lower extremity occur in this plane.
Add a mini-band above the knees to encourage more glute activation.
To aid balance and control, allow the client to use upper extremity support via straps on a device like the TRX or Jungle Gym.
Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist, respected author and fitness professional. Currently, he serves as the supervisor for EXOS API at Raleigh Orthopaedic. Brian conducts live continuing education webinars and presents nationally at professional conferences and seminars on injury prevention, rehab and sport-specific training. For more information on his products and services, visitwww.BrianSchiff.com.