The efficacy of simultaneously training 2 motion targets during a squat using auditory feedback
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
© 2021 Human Kinetics, Inc. Auditory feedback is a simple, low-cost training solution that can be used in rehabilitation, motor learning, and performance development. The use has been limited to the instruction of a single kinematic or kinetic target. The goal of this study was to determine if auditory feedback could be used to simultaneously train 2 lower-extremity parameters to perform a bodyweight back squat. A total of 42 healthy, young, recreationally active males participated in a 4-week training program to improve squat biomechanics. The Trained group (n = 22) received 4 weeks of auditory feedback. Feedback focused on knee flexion angle and center of pressure under the foot at maximum squat depth. The Control group (n = 20) performed squats without feedback. Subjects were tested pre, post, and 1 week after training. The Trained group achieved average target knee flexion angle within 1.73 (1.31) deg (P <.001) after training and 5.36 (3.29) deg (P <.01) at retention. While achieving target knee flexion angle, the Trained group maintained target center of pressure (P <.001). The Control group improved knee range of motion, but were not able to achieve both parameter targets at maximum squat depth (P <.90). Results from this study demonstrate that auditory feedback is an effective way to train 2 independent biomechanical targets simultaneously.