Are Squats bad for you knees?
NO, is the simple answer. Have you have ever seen a small child squat? Typically you notice one thing. They have the best form ever and get down into the perfect squat without any problem.
So what is stopping us? The corporate jungle and prolonged sitting is definitely a key contributor but that is a discussion for another day.
The simple, yet not so simple answer is faulty mechanics.
There are 3 common mistakes that I have seen in individuals who are experiencing knee pain while squatting:
1. Weight on the toes or heels coming off the ground and you squat down
2. Hips and knees move forward while squatting causing your knee to come over your toes.
3. Trunk collapse. This is typically due to lack of ankle mobility, tight calf muscles or weak glutes and core muscles which causes your chest to come forward as your squat.
Faulty mechanics can be a key contributor to your knee pain. Speak to your coach or personal trainer if your experiencing knee pain while squatting. They should be able to help evaluate your squat mechanics.
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