Been lifting hard for 25 years or so, competitive powerlifting as well lots of training for football through college, then MMA and other job related S&C things Ive always done. Now in my late 30s Ive had various surgeries and the injuries have piled up over the years. Not until the past year has it been harder and harder to feel like I can get in a symmetrical squat stance and not have pain in my hips, back, or quad/IT bands.
I can bury 315 a$$ to the grass for 20 or 30 reps if I wanted to go for broke, and can hit 405 pause squats all day long going slow and controlled, but dont push it anymore. About a year and a half ago I tore my quad in a few places and partially tore my right IT band. It healed up and I can do everything again full speed, but the squat stance drives me nuts!
I go to lots of physical therapy, do tons of static and dynamic stretching, rolling, get deep tissue/ART once a week with a chiro who works primarily with athletes, and yea I do everything I can but the squat stance doesnt feel right anymore. Over the last 25 years I have had stress fractures in my back and hips from sports and training, evulsion (sp) fracture on left hip, and I have torn both hamstrings, quad, and calves (even tore medial head of left calf in half). I couldnt even remember all the injuries Ive had if I tried.
So, is it just father time catching up with me? Is it possible I have so many quirks and imbalances from multiple injuries over the years that things just dont work as smoothly anymore? I get so much work done on my hips, legs, and back but still the stance doesnt feel right if I try to put my feet in the same position, its like I am cockeyed a bit, and even then its not comfortable to dive bomb heavy squats anymore.
I go slow and controlled with submaximal weights just so it doesnt hurt and I dont risk snapping or ripping anything haha. I miss heavier squatting though and strength level wise I am capabale of it, but my connective tissue and joints just might not be anymore.
Any biomechanical gurus with advice or opinions? Anyone else have the same experience over the years if they have been hitting it a long time, or after a certain injury things just arent the same with a particular exercise?