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Choosing a Lifting Posture: Squat, Semi-Squat or Stoop

MOJ Yoga & Physical Therapy
Luke Del Vecchio*, Central Queensland University


The lifting of low-lying objects is a known risk factor lower back injuries. Choosing the most appropriate lifting posture is an important part of safe lifting training. However, there is considerable debate as to which is the best technique to employ when lifting low-lying objects off the floor. Selecting the correct lifting posture that matches the task requirement is a critical injury mitigation strategy. Of the different types of lifting techniques, the squat lift is among the most common types of lifting techniques used to lift low-lying objects. However, other lifting techniques such as the scoop and semi-squat lift may offer more flexibility. The purpose of this mini-review is to compare and contrast the benefits of three different lifting techniques the squat lift, the stoop and semi-squat lift.


Squat Lift, Stoop, Semi-Squat Lift, Injury, Trunk Flexion, Handling Training, Physical Capacity, Lifting Posture, Oxygen Consumption, Lumbar Muscles, Lordotic Curves, Shear Tolerance, Passive Tissue Stress, Peak Lumbar Moment, Disc Herniations, Ligament Complex, Olympic Lifting