You may have seen in some of our exercise of the week posts or from videos we have shared on social media or you may even be a client who has performed this exercise, that we place a band around the knees while performing exercises. We use this in such exercises as squats, deadlifts, landing technique and glute bridge (hip thrust). The purpose of this is to engage the gluteal muscles more when performing these certain exercises, specifically we are looking at wanting to engage the gluteus medius muscle which is important for external rotation of the femur. Why is this important? Internal rotation of the femur can cause may lower leg imbalances and overuse injuries such as patella-femoral pain (jumpers knee) or runners knee. By strengthening the gluteal muscles we are able to create a more stable hip joint for everyday life, as well as, increasing the jump height, acceleration and speed in athletes. Here is a great research article that goes a little more into depth about why using the band is so beneficial.