Muscular imbalances are often very common among both athletes and patients. While many are non-symptomatic, the majority of imbalances put athletes at risk for potential injuries. Single Leg squats on an elevated surface, such as a standard bench, can be an effective exercise to train or rehab muscular imbalances in the lower extremity. Simply by watching an athlete perform a single leg squat on a bench you will be able to spot weak points, which often occur at the hips in this exercise (like mine do in the video). Furthermore, this exercise can be used as a eccentric exercise which can be very effective in patients with patellar tendinopathy if dosed appropriately(such as Alfredson protocol 3x15...) and performed with concentric assistance.
Make sure the patient has appropriate balance & strength before attempting this exercise. Instruct the patient to place one foot on the bench while the other foot is off of the bench with the toe pointed in the air. Have the patient cross their arms and keeping their back straight, squat down to the degree of knee flexion indicated.