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Old 01-07-2010, 03:15 AM   #1
Pedro Nabais
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Deadlift effect on knees

Hello, I would like to pose a question to the knowledgeable members of the forum about deadlifts, would someone doing exclusively deadlifts in a strength program get the same detrimental effects on his knees that quarter-squats cause? I ask this because in a deadlift the hips never go below the knees and according to SS a squat that doesn't break parallel will hurt the knees.

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Old 01-07-2010, 04:27 AM   #2
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Re: Deadlift effect on knees

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Hello, I would like to pose a question to the knowledgeable members of the forum about deadlifts, would someone doing exclusively deadlifts in a strength program get the same detrimental effects on his knees that quarter-squats cause? I ask this because in a deadlift the hips never go below the knees and according to SS a squat that doesn't break parallel will hurt the knees.

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The problem with quarter squats is that they basically dont provide enough stretch from the hamstrings to counter the stretch from the quads. In a deadlift your in a much greater position of hip flexion then a quarter squat, which provides you with that balancing hamtring stretch, which should make them fine to do exclusively.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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Re: Deadlift effect on knees

THe knees don't stop the weight, the floor does.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:17 AM   #4
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Re: Deadlift effect on knees

Try snatch deadlifts while standing on risers - a super-deep, relatively upright deadlift. Amazing exercise.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:45 AM   #5
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Re: Deadlift effect on knees

Any sitting back movement puts additional strain on the hips and removes some tension from the knee; movements involving a deep knee bend, namely front squats and olympic back squats will put stress on the knees unless the trainee performs a full repetition, in which case the stress is shared and primarily absorbed by the butt.

The bottom line is the hips (and the floor) take pressure off the knees during a deadlift.
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Re: Deadlift effect on knees

Ok, thanks everybody
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