Last week we were discussing the importance of proper squat mechanics to optimize performance, avoid pain, and prevent injuries. We often assume that poor mobility in the back and hips is the culprit when we have poor squat mechanics. Often times it is poor ankle mobility, dorsiflexion specifically, that is preventing individuals from achieving a deep healthy squat. Single leg exercises such as lunges and pistol squats are also adversely impacted. If you are struggling with proper squat mechanics, it is important that you assess and improve ankle mobility.
Michael M. Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS is considered a leader in the field of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement. He has compiled a series of videos that will teach you how to assess and improve ankle mobility:
Incorporate some of these simple exercises into your firefighter fitness routine, and you will see your squat mechanics improve in no time.
Train hard and stay safe!