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

The Overhead Squat test

The 'yes' or 'no' scoring system

Table 2 outlines some key observation points that the coach should make during the test. The coach should become competent at answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to each of the following questions.

Body part
1. Feet

Do the feet stay aligned?

2. Knees

Do the knees stay over the feet? (Staying over the feet means that there is no turning outwards of the knee or buckling inwards of the knee relative to the toes of the feet.)

3. Heels

Do the heels remain on the floor?

4. Hip and thigh

Do the hips reach lower than parallel? (If the thighs sit parallel or lower, then the individual has achieved a good depth.)

5. Torso

Does the torso remain within the base of support? (The base of support is a rectangle drawn about the area of the feet.)

6. Arms

Do the arms remain overhead?

Table 2: Common compensations noted in the Overhead Squat