The squat & its carry over to Roller Derby
This blog post is specifically targeted towards the Roller Derby team we look after in our Cambridge sports injury clinic. However this can apply to most sports that involve a violent hip extension (think about jumping out of a squat position).
Injury Active Clinic (IAC) sponsor’s their team throughout the season aiming to keep them injury free and back to full fitness as soon as possible.
The main reason for this blog is down to a few niggles in the lower spine when skating. Without objectively checking through the lumbar spine, often issues can be worked on through a detailed subjective assessment.
It appears many of the roller derby team struggle to get into an efficient air squat, whilst maintaining a neutral lower back and staying upright. There may be many reasons for this. Potentially hip & ankle mobility issues or a strength and control problem can prevent the athlete from reaching a full squat. For the body to compensate, we either bend through our spine or we partially squat down and then lean forward to change our centre of mass.
If an efficient air squat isn’t performed then we will most likely load areas of the back beyond what they can tolerate. This may then lead to small aggravations which due to repeated stress, will turn into an injury.
In the video below, we explain how to perform a squat and how it carries over into Roller Derby. If we perform this better, our performance improves. We hit harder and we’re then harder to hit.
If you struggle to get into this position, then come and see us at our sports injury clinic in Cambridge or Bishops Stortford and we can help improve this.