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LTPD Pathway
Functional Screening
Anatomical Adaptation
Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby

The Overhead Squat test

What to screen

We are screening the movement of the body as it moves through a squat pattern. This starts from a standing position with the arms overhead to a position where the ankles, knees and hips are flexed in a deep squat movement. Essentially, we are moving into a classical triple flexion movement pattern about the ankles, knees and hips. In addition, the arms are stretched overhead and held there during the flexion movement in the squat and in the extension back to standing. This part of the movement informs us about the stability of the spine and pelvis and the mobility of the upper back and the shoulders.

Video 1

Please view Video 1 of the Overhead Squat. The player performs the Overhead Squat competently in this example.

This is the first level of Functional Screening. We are keeping the task simple. The body parts to observe are limited to the key joints of the body.