The single leg squat is a basic but fantastic measure of overall function of the lower limb. It tests both strength and flexibility of the ankle, knee and hip. Having a good single leg squat can dramatically reduce your risk of sustaining a lower limb injury.
The 3 main points we look for are:
- Does the knee track straight forward over the toes (good) or does it collapse inwards (poor)?
- Does the trunk stay centred over the foot (good) or does it sway out to the side (poor)?
- Is there an even contribution from ankle, knee and hip (good) or is there a preference/dominance of one of the joints (poor)?
- Polkadot socks essential!
Andrew Clark is a father of 3 and the owner and principal physiotherapist at Clinical Physiotherapy, St Ives. He graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in 2010 and has since had 10 years experience working in musculoskeletal private practice. He has undergone extensive professional development and has experience treating a wide variety of patients and musculoskeletal conditions.