Squatting & Anatomical Variations
MOVEMENT FIX MINI COURSE
Gain a deeper understanding of how limb length and hip joint structure affect squatting stance, exercise selection, and hip impingement
Created by Ryan DeBell, MS, DC
Releasing mid January 2020
Squatting is a natural human movement that we have adapted to the strength and conditioning world
This comes with consequences to the human body that we must consider.
In the squat as a human movement, the lower back - the lumbar spine - will naturally flex to allow the pelvis to rotate, which changes the orientation of the hip sockets in space. This allows someone to get deeper and allows the hip joint as a whole to move. You can see an image of this below:
Neutral lumbar spine - note the position of the hip socket
Flexed lumbar spine - note the position of the hip socket
Research on the lower back and real world experience by top level coaches and clinicians suggests that when we squat it's best to keep the lower back locked and prevent it from moving when we are lift heavy loads, performing high rep exercises, or generating power.
Locking the lumbar spine this way prevents the pelvis from rotating and prevents the re-orientation of the hip socket.
Depending on a person's limb length and hip joint structure, their squat may be more naturally limited or they may need a different stance or squat variation to train safely for a lifetime while building strength and being empowered.
Don't misinterpret this - this is not an epidemic issue - but those on the ends of a bell curve in a population will need different variations and considerations or we could be missing ways to help them increase strength, keep their hip joints healthy, and help them meet their fitness goals.
On a similar note, some studies suggest a correlation of hip retroversion with painful hip impingement with a physiological pathway to joint osteoarthritis over time.
This suggests it's important to identify those who may be retroverted and empower them with the best stance and exercise selection for their anatomy.
What is hip retroversion or anteversion you may ask? It is defined using an image like the one below where there is a measurement taken between the femoral neck and the back of the distal femur:
In this course you will learn:
- How to clearly understand femoral retroversion and anteversion
- How the mechanics of squatting as an exercise change based on femoral version
- Proposed tests for interpreting version and the application into squat stance
- How limb length (aka lever length) affects the center of mass and changes squatting ability
- How different types of squats change the center of mass and affect the ease of squatting deeply
- Suggested squatting variations and lower body exercise for those experiencing hip impingement
These Answers Already Exist - But How Do You Learn it?
This Movement Fix Mini Course is based on a talk I gave at Logan University for the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance's Forward 19 event.
It has been repurposed and reformatted as an online course based on years of experience working with thousands of athletes, pouring through the research, speaking with world class experts in various disciplines (orthopedic surgeons, strength coaches, chiropractors, physical therapists, anatomists, and more).
All of this information and experience was used to compile this easy to follow online course to bring clarity to this complicated topic.
The information exists, but it's spread across the internet, textbooks, and in the minds of a variety of experts. This online course brings it together for you.
Who Should Take this Course?
- Physical therapists
- Manual therapists
- Medical doctors
- Athletic Trainers
- Anyone who wants to learn more about this topic
There are no prerequisites to take this online Mini Course - it is open to anyone who wants to learn.
Invest In Yourself
Your knowledge is your greatest asset. Invest in yourself with this course and gain deeper knowledge.
Releasing mid January 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I get access to the course material?
After purchasing the course, you have lifetime access.
How long is the course?
It will be around 2 hours total run time
How long will I have access?
Access to this online course will never expire.
Is there a refund policy?
We offer a 30-day money back guarantee once this mini course releases.
If you don't feel you learned enough to justify the cost, email us and we will refund you.