Squatting for Runners

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THE SQUAT

It’s a foundational movement of life. Unfortunately, the movement gets a bad reputation.

“Don’t you know squatting is bad for your knees?” Surely you’ve heard (or thought) this.

The reality? We squat to lift our kids, groceries, and well, everything else.

Unfortunately, somehwere along the way our squat has transformed from a powerful and strong movement, into something that only increases our risk for knee pain and injury. Here’s the deal: Squatting is extremely beneficial to running. That is, if you can do it correctly.

Above, I discuss squat technique and form. For some, this small change will instantly releive their knee pain. So while others may tell you that squatting is bad for your knees, I’m here to tell you that BAD SQUATTING FORM is bad for your knees.

Master the form I discuss in the video above and use a simple squat to warm up or build hip strength. A squat is a basic movement for life and is a stepping stone to stronger, more improtant movements.

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Steve Gonser PT DPT
Physical Therapist

Steve Gonser is an accomplished runner. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon in six consecutives races, completing two full Ironman events, and he even dabbled in the sport of ultramarathon. As a physical therapist in Buffalo, NY, Steve is constantly pairing his witty, somewhat sarcastic humor, with leading treatment techniques to get injured runners back on the road and performing their best. [/ezcol_3quarter]
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