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WHAT DETERMINES YOUR SQUAT STANCE?

There are two main factors that dictate how we squat:⠀


1) Mobility: When our tissues become stiff or shortened, they can hinder our ability to move well. This is one of the reasons why sitting for 8+ hours a day is so harmful to the body.⠀

2) Anatomy: The way our bones are formed and aligned.⠀



The hips are ball and socket joints. The end of our thigh bone (femur) is shaped like a small ball. It fits within the socket (acetabulum) of our hips. Not everyone’s hips fit this textbook bone structure. Variations in the way our hips are formed will impact how we move, especially with the squat.



On the left are two totally different socket shapes. The socket of the left hip points forward and has a sharp angle. The socket on the right opens laterally and is curved.⠀

From the front view you can see that the left hip has a socket pointing forward, and the hip on the right opens more laterally.⠀

The third photo depicts two heads and necks of different femurs (thigh bones). The one in the left is straight, whereas the one on the right is angled. This will affect the alignment of the femur and how it sits inside the hip joint.⠀

Forcing someone to conform to an “ideal” squat technique can put them at risk for serious injury. If a client is feeling uncomfortable with their squat stance no matter how much mobility work they do, they should be screened to see if their anatomy is causing this issue.⠀

Therefore, a person’s squat stance should be dictated by comfort. Some of us are born with the ideal skeleton for deep squats, some of us are not. It’s important to figure out what works for your body and make the adjustments you need in order to move pain free.⠀

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