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Critical Review of "Anthropometrical Considerations for Customizing the Squat Pattern"

Critical Review of:

Rusin, J; Debell, R. Anthropometrical Considerations for Customizing the Squat Pattern. Personal Training Quarterly, February 2019 Vol 4, Issue 5

  • The article can be read in full here - How to Find Your Best Squat Stance

by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, H/FS, HMS

Author's Note:

I generally feel that publicly critiquing other credentialed professionals adds to the culture of "trolling", and with that in mind I try to refrain. However, there are certain claims being made in the industry which are supported by little more than opinion, fallacies and the misrepresentation/interpretation of research. This paper falls into that category. In my humble opinion the mistakes made in the paper should have prohibited publication, and the article should be retracted or at the very least amended. Further, the publication of this article should raise some questions regarding the rigor of the editorial process for Personal Training Quarterly.

Summary of Issues:

  • This article falsely assumes that structural variati

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Static Manual Release: Shoulder Muscles

Static Manual Release: Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis, Pectoralis Major and Posterior Deltoid

(for Upper-Body Dysfunction):

By Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

 

For a complete review of muscle fiber dysfunction, trigger point etiology, assessment and intervention, please check out:

  • Muscle Fiber Dysfunction and Trigger Points
  • Trigger Point Assessment, Palpation and Intervention (Coming Soon)

Techniques Covered in this Course:

  • Infraspinatus and Teres Minor
  • Subscapularis
  • Pectoralis Major
  • Posterior Deltoid

Signs of over-activity and/or a maladaptive decrease in length:

  • Overhead Squat Assessment:
    • Shoulders Elevate
    • Arms Fall
  • Goniometry
    • Shoulder Flexion < 180°
    • Shoulder External Rotation <90 - 95°
    • Shoulder Internal Rotation <60-70°
    • Shoulder Extension <20-25°
  • Manual Muscle Testing MMT:
    • External Rotator MMT: Weak or With Compensation (Cervical Protraction)
    • Serra

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