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Knees acting up after changing squat style
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:27:14 am »
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Recently I switched up my squat to a narrower stance, like shoulder width and feet pointing straight forward.  I was wondering if you've ever had experience with any athlete who had there knees aggravated due to this style of squatting. 

I think it's the feet pointing straight forward, but I'm not sure.  I think it's more comfortable having my feet pointed slightly outward.  Does feet being straight forward or slightly pointed outward and etc.. make any difference?  I just feel like pointing straight forward is more specific to jumping/sprinting. 

BTW, I sit back on my squats, going past parallel and my knees just slightly goes over my toes.
Goal is to dunk.

Vertical needed to dunk: 40"

Current vertical : 38.5"

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Re: Knees acting up after changing squat style
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 02:24:14 pm »
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I used to have a problem with my left knee when I did this and did squats to around parallel.


I don't know if it's just me but I have no problems at all when I have my feet pointing forwards at shoulder width and then squat all the way down. So now I mainly do that but occasionally throw in some half squats to be more specific to vertical jump. I am careful how much I do the half squats though because if you go above your means it can really screw your knees (possibly why I had problems because I was constantly trying to push my maxes too soon)
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Re: Knees acting up after changing squat style
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 04:44:38 pm »
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As long as you're staying on the heels there's a good chance the knees are going to be fine.