Squat exercise and hip extensor strategy

Comparison of two models of hip extensor strategies on quadriceps effort during the barbell squat exercise

The coordinated activation of the hamstrings and gluteus maximus (GM) can have profound effects on the exertion of the quadriceps during the squat. In order to determine the relationship these muscles have during the squat the authors investigated hamstring co-activation with the GM under two conditions: equivalent activation (model 1) and preferential GM activation (model 2).


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