Like everyone else said it depends on what your goals are. A squat is a great exercise because it uses the biggest muscles in the body through a huge range of motion. However, there are very few sports in which you are generating power/strength or speed in the form of a run/jump or push in any position even closely resembling or using muscle recruitment of any kind of squat (except a catcher in his stance possibly). What does resemble jumps and runs etc… getting weight on a posterior chain in medium to narrow stance…deadlifts…not to say squats dont work, just saying…[/quote]
I don’t see why an athlete needs to mimic a body position he will be in on the field for the lift to be productive. Squats build strong legs, athletes need strong legs. The weightroom is where they get stronger and not do a weighted version of a skill they practice over and over again on the field. If someone wanted to be sports specific why wouldn’t they also wear a helmet cleats and pads when they are lifting? That’s about as close to the sport as it gets.