“Bodybuilding Training” seemed general enough for powerlifters, olympic lifters and all other kinds of athletes to look into, so I’ve decided to ask here.
I’ve been having some knee issues for the last two years now, basically it comes down to overused menisci and a minimal cartilage lesion in my right knee. Today, I had a talk with my doctor because of a more recent injury (a ligament rupture at the ankle). After agreeing on a further course to take in regards of the ankle, he examined my knee and looked at the MRT pictures.
Then, he had me do pistols in order to check wheter there could be a problem due to a weak
vastus medialis. There wasn’t, of course, but what he said somewhat bugged me.
You see, I tend to squat ass-to-the-grass, so almost all of the time I squat deep. When I did my instructors course, they taught us that deep squatting was beneficial to knee-health, while squatting in a more powerlifting-like manner, knees bent at 90 degree is detrimental. It had to do with the force produced while switching from the excentric phase to the concentric phase and the impact it had on the knees while they’re locked at a right angle.
Now today the doc told me that I shouldn’t be squatting deep, but stop at 90 degree, so not to ruin my knees.
So now it’s up. How do I save my knees while squatting? Deep squats? Shallow squats? Doesn’t matter?
I’d love to read your opinions on that one (especially the explanations, of course).