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Bilateral Electromyographic Analysis of the Sumo and Conventional Deadlift

The conventional (Fig 1.) and sumo (Fig 2.) style deadlift are an integral component of strength training programmes in athletes and are primarily used to strengthen the back, legs and hips. The deadlift involves the lifter standing in a flexed position with two hands gripped on a weightlifting bar.

The bar is lifted until they stand erect with the knees locked and the shoulders back. These deadlift variations differ by their beginning stance and hand placement.

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