Chris, would a squat truly be deemed a STATIC assessment as opposed to a TRANSITIONAL assessment?
“NASM’s Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training” define transitional assessments as “assessments that involve movement without a change in one’s base of support.” It includes movements such as “squatting, pressing, pushing, pulling and balancing” as transitional assessments. As a consequence, a transitional movement assessment, doesn’t always have to occur standing as one’s base of support can be something other than one’s feet as in the case of a push up.
A STATIC posture in the same textbook is defined as “how individuals physically present themselves in a stance. It is reflected in the alignment of body.”
From the way I have come to understand static and dynamic posture, once an individual performs a squat, although the base of support has not changed, there is, indeed, a change or transition, from the static stance. As there is movement it is no longer static, according to the definition.
I’d be curious to hear your perspective as both you and Dr. Clarke are physical therapists.