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Redrocks
05-11-2006, 08:06 PM
recently I have been having knee pain after doing squats, under my patella and in the patellar tendon (?). I'm wondering if this may be a form issue, or does it just mean that I've got crappy knees? I did have problems with my patella not tracking well when I used to run distance. I always squat as deep as I can, always below parallel. Any thoughts?

sunny
05-14-2006, 01:56 PM
As a first step, get someone to check your form. :)

PowerManDL
05-14-2006, 02:18 PM
Form would be my first guess, but it could be something else.

Redrocks
05-15-2006, 06:46 PM
I've been told by a couple PL'ers at my gym that my form is good, so I guess that means my knees just suck, crap.

DeeLovely79
05-15-2006, 07:42 PM
Go to an orthopedic that specializes in sports medicine. I had knee pain like that (and still do to some degree but it's much better now) and mine was due to a soft spot in my cartilage because my patella was being pulled off track due to an imbalance in my legs. Get it checked out by a specialist, my primary doctor was telling me stupid stuff like I was going to have to live with persistent knee pain even though I'm only 26.

Erik
05-15-2006, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by Redrocks@May 15 2006, 02:46 PM
I've been told by a couple PL'ers at my gym that my form is good, so I guess that means my knees just suck, crap.
Are you trying to squat like a PL?

Redrocks
05-15-2006, 10:03 PM
I'm not even sure exactly how a PL squat would differ from a regular full squat, I'm just trying to get as low as I can while keeping good form. I use a stance that is slightly wider than my shoulders with my toes turned out just a bit. I just started squatting two months ago, and if I'm doing something wrong, I'd like to fix it now!

sunny
05-16-2006, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by Redrocks@May 15 2006, 05:03 PM
I'm not even sure exactly how a PL squat would differ from a regular full squat, I'm just trying to get as low as I can while keeping good form. I use a stance that is slightly wider than my shoulders with my toes turned out just a bit. I just started squatting two months ago, and if I'm doing something wrong, I'd like to fix it now!
In my case, people at the gym said my form was great, but a physical therapist immediately saw a flaw in the form.
Once I was going below parallel, I tended to arch my back, because of weak abdominal muscles. And because my knees weren't far enough apart, my hips couldn't rotate as much as they should, putting extra stress on my knees.
Try to get more feedback. You can also bring a camera to the gym and take a movie of yourself squatting.
Good luck! :)

By the way, you are so STRONG!!! :D