The Back squat is a predominantly lower-body exercise used extensively in strength and conditioning as a tool to quantify lower-body strength and as a training exercise, it’s also one of the three exercises evaluated in the sport of powerlifting.
Due to the competitive nature of powerlifting and the many federations that govern it, supportive equiptment is widely used to differing degrees between federations. Knee wraps are likely one of the most frequently utilised products of supportive equipment, used not only by powerlifters but also by recreational lifters and Olympic weightlifters (cite). Knee sleeves are commonly used in Olympic weightlifting as they offer knee support and warmth, without the bulk or increased restriction of Knee wraps. Knee wraps are a self-applied, multi-layered evolution of the knee sleeve providing increased elastic contribution. Evidence suggests that knee wraps have a…
The first familiarisation session was completed after the 1RM testing on the Monday and the second on the Wednesday. Familiarisation sessions consisted of 2 sets of 6 wrapped squats at 60% 1RM and 2 sets of 2 squats performed at 80% 1RM. The main testing was then completed on the Friday; participants were advised to avoid any vigorous exercise before the 1RM testing and main testing. Both the 1RM and main testing were completed at the same time of day for all participants.
The main testing was completed on the Friday, six repetitions of back squats were performed at 80% of each subjects 1RM, three with and three without knee wraps, very similar to Lake, Carden, and Shorter, (2012), using the same warmup protocol for 1RM testing and the main testing as Wallace, Winchester and McGuigan, (2006) and Lake, Carden, and Shorter, (2012), detailed in the Figure 2….