Partial Squat

Partial Squat

PARTIAL SQUAT - Contrary to popular belief, squatting to just above the parallel position - knees at approximately 90 degrees flexion - can be more dangerous than going to parallel or below. For one thing, at about 90 degrees flexion, the tibia's sloped shape allows it to shear upward and over the femur.

This causes compressive forces against the patella and pulls forcefully against the posterior cruciate ligament when performing the partial squat workout. These forces decrease as you descend farther into the squat position, largely because the tibia's surface isn't as sloped posteriorly, where it articulates with the femur.

Second, because of better leverage while doing partial squat, you are obliged to use a heavier weight to gain any adaptive overload, which can be dangerous to the shoulder girdle, neck, low back and knees.

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