About 2 weeks ago I suffered a pretty traumatic knee injury while playing some competitive softball. I slid into homeplate, but since the fields weren’t taken care of very well, my cleat caught an uneven part of the ground. To make a long story short, my lead leg turned into a pole vaulter’s pole, I was flung head over heel, and during the whole thing managed to tear part of my VMO.
Thankfully I work as an athletic trainer and within a couple days I got to see one of the university’s team physicians. What he basically told me was that I was lucky to only have partially torn my VMO. If it wasn’t as strong as it was to stabilize my knee, the force would’ve easily torn ligaments within my knee. I’m still unfortunately not out of the woods, since there is a lot of effusion and swelling remaining and we are concerned about possible meniscus damage, but at least the ligaments are all strong and intact.
So I guess the whole point of this post is to thank T-Nation for all of the great articles and advice being given out. If there is one thing I can relay to people from my experience (other than watch when sliding into home), it is to definitely not avoid leg workouts and barring any medical issues with your knees to definitely perform full squats through the full ROM.