The single leg deadlift is a staple exercise here at Elite Physical Therapy and can improve hip mobility, core and hip motor control, and also challenge balance. Adding movement into other planes can also add value to an already excellent exercise.
Originally published on SportsRehabExpert.com by Greg Schaible
This is a great way to start exploring movement and introducing variability of motion once your typical single leg deadlift has been mastered. Start including these variations to develop better body awareness. It also can effectively be used as part of an athletes warmup.
- Keep a soft knee and stay long through the torso
- Torso should be in parallel with the ground
This doesn’t take the place of a progressive loading program with your standard single leg deadlift. Don’t forget the benefits that a progressive resistance program can have on tissue remodeling.
Dr. Greg Schaible is a physical therapist and strength coach specializing in athletic performance. He attended The University of Findlay as a Student Athlete. As an athlete he competed in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field where he earned honors as a 5x Division II All-American and a 6x Division II Academic All-American. In 2013 he completed Graduate School earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Greg is the owner of On Track Physical Therapy in Ann Arbor, Mi. In addition to his rehabilitation services, Greg has a passion for youth sports specific training. Follow On Track PT Performance on Facebook.