A common coaching cue used in movements like swings, deadlifts and squats is to sit or stay back on the heels. Although this isn't entirely incorrect it is very much incomplete. The foot should act as a tripod. Often when a person is told to sit back on or push through the heels, one point of contact in the tripod is greatly reduced. Namely the point at the base of the big toe. According to @drrichardulm "the way in which an athlete loads their feet profoundly affects both the strategy with which they stabilize their spine and the position of the knee, hip and pelvis."
Simply put, if you don't have equal weight distribution during your lifts through the 3 points that form the tripod your spinal erectors may be working overtime, or the knee, hip and pelvis may be in a less than optimal position. "Less than optimal" is the key phrase. You may be able to move big weights and get super fit without focusing on the correct foot position but risk not being in the best or optimal position.
So, next time you swing, squat, or deadlift think about the tripod and maintain that even weight distribution throughout the entire set.
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