Whether you are new to the gym or a long term veteran, the squat should be a key part of your weights program. The squat is one of the best exercises you can perform to develop total body strength, power and overall athleticism. However, there are still some common myths, misconceptions and overall confusion amongst gym goers which can dispel some from performing this exercise and reaping the raft of benefits the squat provides. Part 3 of this blog series will hopefully drive away some of those myths and get you squatting in no time.
Shoulder we fear deep squatting?
Another common myth that goes around the gym is that deep squats will ruin your knees and cripple you with arthritis. This originated a long time ago, when a certain doctor linked deep squats with traumatic knee injuries in football. The doctor’s rationale was that deep squats stretched and loaded the important ligaments in the knee, making them at higher risk of injury. This has been shown time and time again with more modern research however to be completely false.
Another thought is that the deeper you go, the more compression is placed through the knee which wears away your cartilage and gives you arthritis. If this was the case, powerlifters and Olympic lifters who squat with weight sometimes close to 3 x bodyweight daily in training would be crippled with arthritis. Long term studies show that the rate of arthritis are no higher in powerlifters/oly lifters compared to the normal population, and sometimes are even lower!
Take Home Messages:
- Your knees are seriously robust joints that are made to be loaded through a full range of motion.
- Deep Squatting will not cause ligament damage or Arthritis!