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Thoughts on Squatting

Last week Dr. Mullen’s squat article (Dryland Mistake: Squat) raised some compelling discussion. Although written from an anecdotal voice, the recommendation is based on science, even if not expressly stated. In this follow up, I’ll address literature supporting that article’s conclusions and discuss more on squatting.

To be clear, there is no study saying “squats are more dangerous than other exercises.”  Yet science does not mean we exclude logic.  Personal observation carries less reliability than the various research layers, but research is particularly limited to test whether something causes injury.  Its one thing if there’s a large population that voluntarily injures themselves (distance runners are one example).  Quite different with predicting whether a particular exercise is harmful, which gets into thorny ethical territory.

To read the complete post, please go HERE to Swimming Science.


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