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Is It Safe to Squat Deep?

Squatting past 90 degrees is bad for your knees right?? For the large majority of people, this is completely FALSE. Let’s take a look at each structure: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Forces on the ACL actually peak at partial squat depths and then reduce as squat depth increases and compressive forces increase to reduce shear force on the ACL. So in essence squatting >90 degrees is  safe for your ACL.   What about the meniscus and the patellofemoral joint (PFJ- joint between your knee cap Read More +Squatting past 90 degrees is bad for your knees right?? For the large majority of people, this is completely FALSE. Let's take a look at each structure: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Forces on the ACL actually peak at partial squat depths and then reduce as squat depth increases and compressive forces increase to reduce shear force on the ACL. So in essence squatting >90 degrees is  safe for your ACL.   What about the meniscus and the patellofemoral joint (PFJ- joint between your knee cap Read More +