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    Bradley is offline Senior Member
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    Default Never squat before parallell. There is no such thing as a healthy deep knee bend

    This is what my last doctor told me. He said that squatting below parallel is terrible for your knees. It puts way too much stress on the tendons.

    Also, my parents teamed up and chewed me out for wanting to squat, or as they call it, do deep knee bends. My dad said there is no such thing as a healthy deep knee bend and that if I want to be able to ski at 65 like my dad can, to never squat with weight. I'm 30, so they can't tell me what to do, but I'd like to be able to avoid future arguments on the matter.

    Anyone have solid proof that they are wrong?

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    Not solid proof. I healed my knees by doing full squats, I used to have knee pain until I went ass to grass.

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    Like Spikeman, no proof, just anecdote: My kneecap was put back together in 2005 after a motorcycle accident. Doing the squat progression from CC has cured any lingering issues. I'm doing full pistol squats now, and have gone through a beginners lifting program that included a fair amount of squatting.

    Actually, I think the Stronglifts guy, Mehdi, talks about how squats that don't go past parallel don't work your hamstrings, and so lead to imbalances between quads and hamstrings. This imbalance can cause knee problems. It might not have been him, but I remember reading that somewhere.

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    There really isn't any answer to this question because there haven't been any studies that follow a group of people who do full squats or any kind of squats for that matter for a long period of time say 20 years.

    My personal opinion only here is that normal body weight squats ( such as the ones Pavel does in Super Joints ) are fine along with lunges but again sadly we don't have any real research to back any of this up.

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    Medhi does talk about this in his book.
    It also links to something written in easy strength "it's not squats that are hurting your knees, its whatever your doing".
    I had bad knees when I was younger (partial dislocation and tears) and since I started squatting I've yet to have knee pain again. People can pull out as many studies as they want but it isn't going to stop me front squatting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    This is what my last doctor told me. He said that squatting below parallel is terrible for your knees. It puts way too much stress on the tendons.

    Also, my parents teamed up and chewed me out for wanting to squat, or as they call it, do deep knee bends. My dad said there is no such thing as a healthy deep knee bend and that if I want to be able to ski at 65 like my dad can, to never squat with weight. I'm 30, so they can't tell me what to do, but I'd like to be able to avoid future arguments on the matter.

    Anyone have solid proof that they are wrong?
    I think your doctor is trolling you mate....;-)
    As a matter of interest, I've a meniscal tear in my right knee (been that way for years, really don't want anymore surgery if I can help it), and squatting has never aggravated it. Medium-long distance running does, but never squatting.
    Last edited by jetronin; 12-06-2012 at 01:27 AM.
    "Strength does not come from physical capacity.
    It comes from an indomitable will"-Mohandas K. Gandhi.

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    I do only full dead squats. My joints are healthier than my mates' joints. Greets for doctor who doesn't know obvious things about strength training. Were I you, I would be scared to contact with him, it may be dangerous.

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    Three quarters of the worlds population do their 'sitting' in a full squat position. They do not have knee problems.

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    I had patellar tendinitis and pretty much healed it by doing fulls squats.

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    Wasn't there a flawed study from years ago that found deep squatting was bad and everyone latched onto it?

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