Affiliations: School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University of
Technology, Perth, Australia
Note:  School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University of Technology, GPO
Box U1987, Perth WA 6845, Australia. E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: A comparison between semi-squat and squat techniques was made for
floor to knuckle height lifting using maximum acceptable weight (MAW), ratings
of perceived exertion (RPE) and heart rate. Semi-squat lifting resulted in
greater MAW with lower RPE and lower heart rate compared to squat lifting.
Discomfort was most commonly reported in knees/quadriceps with squat lifting.
Twelve of the 13 subjects preferred the semi-squat technique. The results
provide evidence that the semi-squat technique may have benefits over the squat
technique for lifting a medium sized box from floor to knuckle height.
Keywords: lifting technique, maximum acceptable weight, exertion, heart rate