Single Leg Strengthening

Posted Tue, 4th Sep 2012

Injury can be an all too regular obstacle when training at high intensity or playing sport. The use of single leg (SL) strengthening not only promotes better stability and balance – it can also can significantly reduce the likelihood of common injuries like ankle and knee sprains, Planter Fasciitis, Achillies Tendinitis and Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Injuries like these can set your training back weeks or months, undoing months of hard work: SL can therefore be a worthwhile preventative measure.

When performing SL exercises such as SL Squats, Lunges, Step Ups and SL Deadlifts, you recruit the stabilising muscles of the knees, hips and ankles, giving better support to the joints, as well as strengthening the connective tissue: this reduces the chance of any tears or sprains.

The other major benefit to SL strengthening it will help you to even out imbalances in strength. If one leg is weaker than the other, you will increase the chance of injury and decrease your overall performance. If you have a dominant leg, your dominant side will always do more of the work in bilateral exercises like. Single leg exercise ensures both legs are worked equally strengthening any weak links in your kinetic chain.

 

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