What is it about?

Deadlift and back squat are considered different exercises because of their kinematic and kinetic characteristics. However, there are similarities, such as joint movement and the maximal muscle strength generated. Although there are differences and similarities, it is unclear which is more related to athletic performance. This study cleared the relationship between DL and jump, acceleration, and change of direction and whether DL or BSQ differ in their relationship to jumping, acceleration, and change of direction.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show the deadlift and back squat did not have different correlation coefficients. Therefore, maximum strength is more important for jumping, acceleration, and change of direction than movement patterns.


The deadlift may be introduced as an alternative exercise to BSQ when there are limitations in the training environment, such as the lack of a squat rack to safely perform BSQ or home confinement due to external factors like pandemics. We hope this article is helpful to athletes, coaches, health promotion, etc.

Junpei Shiba

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This page is a summary of: The relationship between jumping, acceleration, change of direction, and relative strength for deadlift and back squat, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, October 2023, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/ies-230009.
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