Common Squat Injuries

Welcome back to Squat University! For the next few weeks we are going to start a series of articles on common squat injuries. We will discuss WHY these injuries occur and also how to treat these injuries. Our goal is to bridge the gap between training, sports performance and rehab.

We will be covering the following topics:

  • Knee pain – specifically patella femoral pain syndrome (PFPS), patellar tendonitis and ITB syndrome.
  • Hip pain – discussing the difference between a hip flexor strain and hip impingement (FAI).
  • Low back pain –differentiating serious issues such as a disc bulge or spondylolysis from less serious issues like muscular strains.
  • Shoulder pain – understanding how instability during the overhead squat increases risk for injury. We will also cover shoulder impingement pain.
  • Elbow pain – specifically lateral elbow tendinopathy during the back squat
  • Wrist pain – particularly during the overhead squat

We will simulate scenarios to present each injury. My goal with these articles is to teach you how to conservatively treat yourself. We will also want to highlight any serious issues that you may have and list some signs and symptoms to look out for. If you have any doubt or questions with your pain/injury, please seek a healthcare professional!

Until next time,

Dr. Aaron Horschig, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW


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4 thoughts on “Common Squat Injuries

  1. Dr. Horschig,
    I am a trainer that is looking for a little advice. First, I really enjoy your lectures and series they are really educational and aide me in assessing my athletes. What do you recommend for patellar tendinitis. And if you have any free time would you be willing to evaluate my squat? Thanks!

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