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Objectively assessing squat form in 3 steps: background and Rationale for the Simple Squat Assessment

The Simple Squat Assessment (SSA) is a tool created for the clinician or coach to systematically grade their patient, client or athletes' ability to perform a functional squat.  Using a systematic approach and clearly defined movement standards an easy to use functional test is created to screen larger number or create a goal for individuals. 

Baseball Mobility drills with the T-dot mobility system

This poster gives a few ideas on how to implement the T-Dot Mobility System with baseball athletes.  This poster will be included in poster form with your T-Dot Mobility System order so that you can hang it next to your device. Perfect for the busy athletic trainer working with baseball. 

Quad smoker!!! Try this gentle plyo drill to hammer the quads of the top leg and to introduce ankle stiffness while hopping with the down leg. This drill looks really simple but you'd be surprised how hard it becomes and how many people struggle to just achieve the proper rythm.
 How would you assess and critique this position? Would you assess the same way every time?

How would you assess and critique this position? Would you assess the same way every time?

A simple and objective way to assess squat form and performance 

Download the Simple Squat Assessment Score Sheet to use in clinic or at screenings.  The score sheet will keep help you track trends, stay consistent and show progress. Clinicians this is a great functional goal for your documentation. 

Athletic trainers need a quick way to objectively tell if their baseball players need to work on shoulder mobility prior to practice or a game. This "Shoulder Flexion Test" is a great way to teach the athlete to make that judgement on their own.

We use this pattern everyday to progress people back from injury. The pattern allows for someone to easily practice and improve their Lower Quarter Y Balance ability as well as introduce multi-plane plyometrics. The inverted Y portion can be used to practice the Lower Quarter Y Balance Test (LQYBT). This is a great test of symmetry, relative strength, stability and mobility. Learn more about it at FunctionalMovementSystems.com. The 4 squares in the pattern are how we introduce gentle plyometrics in multiple planes. We call this the "hop cycle". It's starts double leg and is progressed to single leg. Standards are 1. Feet stay equal distance apart 2. Heels do not contact ground 3. Knees never collapse in 4. Don't land on lines. Progress the hop cycle from double leg to single leg when appropriate. You'll get a new appreciation for how well people can compensate with double leg patterns when they have to try the single leg version.