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Old 11-07-2007, 03:19 PM   #1
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I'm still pretty new to lifting and I'm starting to get a hang of all of it and understand what I need to do.
I'm only 16 and I'm still growing, I'm afraid to begin doing squats because I've heard that it can damage the growth plates in your knees.
So my question is, is it ok for me to squat or will I damage my knees? And if I do squat, should I max out?
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:52 PM   #2
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I'm no injury expert, but simply anecdotal evidence tells me this: I'm a 17-year-old wrestler whose right knee has been really banged up since I was 8 years old, and I still squat way below parallel with heavy weight and it doesn't bother me. So if you don't have any injury to speak of, you can squat - just make sure to go deep and use good form.
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^^ times 2.
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There are no growth plates in your knees.
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There are no growth plates in your knees.
oh haha
i just remembered hearing something about squatting and damaging the knees in health class a few years back.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:57 PM   #6
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oh haha
i just remembered hearing something about squatting and damaging the knees in health class a few years back.
Well if you heard if from a guy that looks like this:



I would get your advice from somewhere else.
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I'm still pretty new to lifting and I'm starting to get a hang of all of it and understand what I need to do.
I'm only 16 and I'm still growing, I'm afraid to begin doing squats because I've heard that it can damage the growth plates in your knees.
So my question is, is it ok for me to squat or will I damage my knees? And if I do squat, should I max out?
Lou Ferrigno started squatting heavy as a kid.. He's 6'5" now... AND STILL GREEN!
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