well thanks much for your input guys. i think the culprit is a combo of my foot positioning while doing hack squats. i had a lower back injury a while ago and i have to be very careful when doing legs. so if i’m doing say leg press for example, it helps take a lot of stress off my lower back by positioning my feet very low on the platform.
so low in fact that my heels are not touching it and all of the contact is on my toes and balls of my feet. this is the best position to keep my low back out of the movement. if i go up high, i feel my back kicking in. but unfortunately going so low places a great deal of stress on the knees. and since hack squats are notorious by themselves for knee stress, i think the combo of these two things has taken it’s toll.
so i’ve stopped the hacks and am trying to go a bit higher with my foot placement. so far so good. i had a leg workout yesterday and my knee doesn’t seem to be as tender today. i also have a strap for my next workout. and i’ve found that massaging the tendon is helping. every now and then when i’m seated at my desk, i’ll reach down and massage the area that hurts back and forth from side to side.
at first contact it hurts like hell but after a little bit while gradually increasing the pressure, the pain slowly subsides and it feels a lot better. [/quote]
Yeah, the low position on the leg press/hacks sounds like a recipe for injury…