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Is it Safe to Squat Deep?

Is it Safe to Squat Deep? on: 2021 Feb 03

  Written by Timothy Rowland   There aren’t many topics that divide physios more than squat depth and it’s relationship with injury. In this post I want to present an evidence-based perspective on this topic for you. I’ve decided to split it up by looking into the effect of squat depth on the areas of the body that people commonly complain about during squats. KNEE Squatting past 90 degrees is bad for your knees right?? For the large majority of people, this is completely false. Forces on the ACL actually peak at partial squat depths and then reduce as squat depth increases and compressive forces increase to reduce shear force on the ACL. But what about the meniscus and the patellofemoral joint (joint between your knee cap and your femur)? While compressive forces on the meniscus and PFJ increase as depth increases, if you don’t have any prior injury to these…

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