The Importance of Single-Leg Exercises

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At The Physio Group, we want to give you the best advice possible regarding health and wellness. That’s why we’ve created this informative guide on the importance of single-leg exercises. Find out the benefits and why you should incorporate them into your wellness routine. 

Single leg training

In recent years, single-leg training has gotten a lot of attention in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance improvement training programmes. Physiotherapists often utilise it for anterior knee discomfort. This is because the gait cycle, which is effectively a succession of single-leg bounds, dominates athletic movement abilities in the field and court sports. As a result, single-leg training is ideal for return-to-play programmes and sports performance enhancement. Because of the higher muscle activation with single limb exercise, it promotes higher muscular growth and strength.

Single leg Vs Double leg exercises

We just strengthen the primary movers when we undertake double leg movements like a traditional double leg squat. Single-leg exercises target not only prime movers but also stabilisers and neutralisers. So, what exactly does this mean? Single leg exercises, in essence, allow us to strengthen our muscles in the same way that we utilise them in everyday actions like walking and running. 

Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior Knee Pain is a term used to describe a group of individuals of all ages and levels of activity. The various symptoms under this umbrella term frequently include discomfort, inflammation, muscular imbalance, and instability of the knee’s extensor mechanism. Extensor mechanism dysfunction is the most prevalent cause of anterior knee discomfort, affecting up to 60% of the athletic population.


End-stage rehabilitation and sport-specific activity, such as single-leg squats and single-leg box drops with eccentric control, are safe and beneficial. And should be incorporated in the complete rehabilitation of anterior knee discomfort. The single-leg squat is a particular favourite workout at The Physio Group (see image below). Strength, stability, flexibility, and technique are all necessary, and as previously said, we’re targeting and developing more muscles in a functional movement pattern! 

It’s also a good idea to do this action in front of a mirror so that you can focus on the ideal knee position and avoid the flexed knee slipping medially or laterally.

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