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J Sport Rehabil. 2010 Feb;19(1):57-70.

Comparison of lower extremity EMG between the 2-leg squat and modified single-leg squat in female athletes.

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Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To compare EMG activity of selected hip and knee muscle groups in female athletes performing a modified single-leg squat and the 2-leg squat using the same relative intensity.

METHODS:

Eleven Division I female athletes from a variety of sports (soccer, softball, and track) completed the study. EMG measurements were taken as the subjects completed 3 parallel repetitions at 85% of their 3-repetition maximum on each exercise. Mean and mean peak EMG data from the gluteus medius, hamstrings, and quadriceps and the quadriceps:hamstrings EMG ratio were compared between the 2 exercises.

RESULTS:

Statistically higher mean (P < .01) and mean peak (P < .05) gluteus medius and mean and mean peak (P < .01) hamstring EMG activity occurred during the modified single-leg squat. The 2-leg squat produced higher mean and mean peak (P < .05) quadriceps activity and a higher quadriceps:hamstrings EMG ratio (P < .01).

CONCLUSION:

Muscle-recruitment patterns appear to differ between the 2 types of squat exercises when performed at the same relative intensity by female athletes.

PMID:
20231745
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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