Jodi- I think lack of strength is a huge factor. It’s like a car with no brakes.
I’ve read that one of the reasons female athletes are more likely to tear their ACL is because the surrounding muscles aren’t as strong as they are in their male counterparts. Squats and leg work can help strengthen those muscles and take some of the work off their tendons.
I’m not a fan but if you can do it and it doesn’t hurt, don’t let my feelings stop you.
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Thanks for the post and the informative video.
What are your views on heavier loads for the older lifter? I’ve been squatting regularly since my early twenties, now I’m 45 (weighing around 175lbs @ 5’8″) what are your views on my weekly low barbell squat sessions with around 315lbs. I tend to go for three sets of five and it’s a grind but I do enjoy it. I do regular deloads but I’m conscious of my age and wonder about risk vs reward.
I ask because in my case I’ve badly sprained my ankle a year ago so my range of motion is terrible now, in both as well (good ankle compensating for my bad). I can only do heel lifts but I want to restore my mobility so I do not need them anymore. Do you have any suggestions?
You aren’t wrong, they certainly are a fact of life.
Michael- we will do ankle mobility drills but ankle mobility does not always change easily. I want athletes squatting and think that developing lower body strength is a far greater priority than ankle mobility. Ideally we don’t want heel lifts but, I think they are a fact of life.
If you found that ankle mobility we an issue then what would you do to correct that? So you can avoid using plates to elevate your heels.