Activities of the Vastus Lateralis and Vastus Medialis Oblique Muscles during Squats on Different Surfaces

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Two articles on PainSci cite Hyong 2013: 1. The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome2. Patellofemoral Pain & the Vastus Medialis Myth

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PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of squat exercises performed on different surfaces on the activity of the quadriceps femoris muscle in order to provide information on support surfaces for effective squat exercises.

SUBJECTS AND METHOD: Fourteen healthy subjects performed squat exercises for five seconds each on three different support surfaces: hard plates, foam, and rubber air discs. Their performance was measured using electromyography. As the subjects performed the squat exercises on each surface, data on the activity of the vastus medialis oblique and the vastus lateralis, and the vastus medials oblique/vastus lateralis ratio, were collected.

RESULTS: The activity of the vastus medialis oblique and the vastus medialis oblique/vastus lateralis ratio were found to be statistically significantly higher on rubber air discs than when the squats were performed on hard plates or foam.

CONCLUSION: To activate the vastus medialis obilique, and to enhance the vastus medialis oblique/vastus lateralis ratio, unstable surfaces that are highly unstable should be selected.

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