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Squats: Form Matters

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The squat is one of the most widely used exercises in athletic strength and conditioning. It’s also one of the most controversial. Over the years there’s been a standard in terms of squatting technique; heels on the ground, push the hips back (as opposed to the knees forward), knees aligned with the toes, etc. However, not everyone agrees with this.   The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has an interesting little study examining the impact of squatting form on...

What Happens To An Athlete After An ACL Injury?

ACL injuries are catastrophic, season-ending injuries.  However, with advanced in medicine, rehab, and strength and conditioning they are no longer career-ending injuries.  Between working with athletes and watching the media, it feels like athletes are able to return to sport and participate at a high level following reconstruction and a successful rehab program.  However, it also feels like athletes with ACL injuries are more likely to injure their other knee, although up until now I haven’t really been able to...

Jumper’s Knee: Or Read The Study Carefully

Patellar tendinopathy, also known as jumper’s knee, is an overuse injury that is frequently experienced by many athletes, especially basketball and volleyball players. It’s also a topic that I’m interested in for selfish reasons as this is something I’ve battled with frequently. The latest issue of the International Journal of Sports Medicine has a literature review on this topic looking at the relationship between this injury and both takeoff and landing with jumping. The authors found that subjects with patellar...

Knee and Ankle Injuries in Women’s Basketball

Depending on which study you read, female athletes may be 3-11 times more likely that male athletes to suffer an ACL injury from sports. This is particularly in soccer, volleyball, and basketball. It’s unclear if this type of injury has a potential of impacting a female athlete’s professional career in a sport like the WNBA. McCarthy et al, in the April issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, have a fascinating study looking at Women’s National Basketball Association players....

Are Knee Wraps Bad for You during the Back Squat?

Knee wraps are a common piece of equipment used during heavy back squats. Powerlifters, Olympic lifters, strongmen, athletes, and even recreational lifters use them. In theory, knee wraps provide two benefits to a back squat. These include helping you lift more weight through the elastic energy generated by the wraps (they stretch as you descend). The wraps keep the knees “tight.” This gives an impression of security and comfort which can be a strong psychological advantage during a heavy lift....