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My Knees Snap/Crackle/Pop

My knees (mostly left knee) snap crackle pops when I go down to squat. It doesn’t hurt, but I do get some pain/soreness after I’m down with legs. I’m not sure if it’s really just soreness or if I’m injuring myself. The soreness does go away after about a day usually.

I’m still new to squats. I started about 6 months ago–started way light and now I’m working on increasing the weight. I used to be a lot heavier if that makes a difference (FFB) I’m 21, and bad knees run in my family.

Advice? Comments? I hope I should not avoid squatting. I’m tallish at 6’2", and I do have very long femurs/legs.

Thanks in advance…

[quote]boyscout wrote:
My knees (mostly left knee) snap crackle pops when I go down to squat. It doesn’t hurt, but I do get some pain/soreness after I’m down with legs. I’m not sure if it’s really just soreness or if I’m injuring myself. The soreness does go away after about a day usually.

I’m still new to squats. I started about 6 months ago–started way light and now I’m working on increasing the weight. I used to be a lot heavier if that makes a difference (FFB) I’m 21, and bad knees run in my family.

Advice? Comments? I hope I should not avoid squatting. I’m tallish at 6’2", and I do have very long femurs/legs.

Thanks in advance…[/quote]
Sounds like an IT-Band strain to me.

Maybe ITB Syndrome?

It’s very common and very annoying. You need to do some stretching to rehab that.

http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/itband.v2.html

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1618485

I have the same issue, only is on both of my knees and is has been happening since I was a little kid. … and I don’t know why…However, my knees never hurt and I do front or overhead squats every week. (I am 21 now, 5’11" ,6’ rounding up, 180lbs.)

Question for the OP:
-How is ur form in the squats? If ur not sure about it, I recommend this vid:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6529481301858251744&q=danjohn&total=107&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

You should see someone about it if your knees are in pain.

I have the same problem, but my knees don’t hurt unless I stay in a “catcher’s” position for a little while. It runs in my family. You can hear us all a mile away if we’re walking up a flight of stairs.

I can also literally crack my ankles all day long.

-dizzle

[quote]NeoSpartan wrote:
I have the same issue, only is on both of my knees and is has been happening since I was a little kid. … and I don’t know why…However, my knees never hurt and I do front or overhead squats every week. (I am 21 now, 5’11" ,6’ rounding up, 180lbs.)

Question for the OP:
-How is ur form in the squats? If ur not sure about it, I recommend this vid:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6529481301858251744&q=danjohn&total=107&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

[/quote]

It seems that the only thing that will cause pain in squating is higher rep stuff. It’s not like a stop pain, it’s more like a “@#@$ this, we’re quitting.” from the muscles.

My form is okay. I really have to focus on sitting back and keeping my heels on the ground. I can get past parallel without a problem, and I go as deep as I can. Because I’m taller, I feel that I have to lean a bit more forward that I should? I’ll watch the vid. Thanks!

Thanks to everyone for the advice and links. I did 4x5 front squats today without any problems or crackling etc. But I also did a pretty extensive dynamic warm up before I stepped into the weight room (I usually do).

Mine do, too. It was from years of kicking heavy bags and people that did me in. But they are basically shot. There’s no day-to-day pain if I’m careful. I can run hills, etc., with no pain.

I just can’t do back squats or load any heavy height weight up for a quad-dominant exercise. So I do a lot of dead lift variations, hang cleans, good mornings, etc. I just do light stuff for my quads - usually Bulgarian split squats or something with very light weights.