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T
he 20s and
younger are about
feeling indestructible,
but you are still
certainly at risk for
injury from moving
incorrectly during
activity. By working
on the positioning of
your lower body while
performing athletic
moves, you can
reduce the likelihood
of many common
knee injuries.
WHAT TO DO
While at home or in
the gym, practicing
correct form in squats
— double leg, single
leg or plyometric —
will improve your
form and carry over
into your sports. It’s
all about alignment:
Keep the hips and
knees aligned over
your feet, and keep
your chest and
shins parallel deep
into the squat.
For single leg squats,
keep the same form as
double leg squats but
you also need to keep
your hips level as you
lower into the squat.
For plyometric squats,
maintain the same
form again, but you
will have the added
challenge of 2.5x the
weight, which your
muscles will have to
control and still keep
your body aligned.
20s
PICTURED: MARY SCOTT, FORMER HOWARD HEAD PATIENT
SINGLE LEG SQUAT
DOUBLE LEG SQUAT
PLYOMETRIC
SQUAT
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