Idk, even though people say they aren't, there has been deemed 'facts' in the past that have been debunked. I just don't see how having 200 pounds of weight squeezing onto your spine is safe.
Does anyone have any scientific evidence that squats are indeed safe for your spine?
Thread: are squats bad for your spine?
03-02-2013, 02:59 PM #1
are squats bad for your spine?
03-02-2013, 03:10 PM #2
all exercises have risk and put strain on your body. For me the two questions I ask myself are, is the risk worth the reward and can you reduce the risk. With squats I think that the reward in muscle growth makes them worth doing and you can significantly reduce the strain on your body by making sure your form is good.
03-02-2013, 03:14 PM #3
This is like saying food makes you fat. The idea that squats will hurt your back gets perpetuated by people who perform squats incorrectly, and sometimes by woefully misinformed professionals who claim to know what they are talking about. A recent article posted on Journal Sentinal Online titled, in part, “Squat lifts likely cause of stress fractures in young athletes” claims that performing squats with good form puts the spine at risk of injury, based on a new study. The main problem with the study they reference is that the researchers don’t know how to properly perform a squat. The pars fracture cited as the predominant injury risk is typically an overuse injury involving hyperextension of the spine, and the increase in “sacral slope” they measured is another indication of hyperextension.
By contrast, the goal in any squat should be to maintain a neutral spine. If there is hyperextension of the spine, then the squat is not being performed correctly. Furthermore, as the weight gets heavy in a squat, the challenge is to resist excessive spinal flexion, not extension. It’s much more common to observe a lifter who is rounding their back when squatting, even when lighter loads are being used. This error can easily be corrected by learning proper form and using a manageable resistance. That study and related article fail on such a massive scale, yet the faulty arguments still have the potential to exert undue influence on the general public for many years to come.
03-02-2013, 03:16 PM #4
The muscles i value most are the ones directly surrounding the spine, the hips, the scapula, the femur and the tibia... in that order.
- Join Date: Aug 2010
- Location: Michigan, United States
- Posts: 9,904
- Rep Power: 4078
Basically the whole body minus chest and biceps... pretty much the opposite of what your local gym looks like on a typical Monday.
03-02-2013, 03:19 PM #5
- Join Date: May 2006
- Location: Texas: swimming in a way that you can't detect...
- Age: 29
- Posts: 51,857
- Rep Power: 19293
It's safe if done with proper form. When done with proper form, heavy squats are good for you, increase bone density as well.
As for your spine - again, keep proper form, and also decompress your spine from time to time. You can use gravity boots or just dead hangs like if you're gonna do a pullup, but instead just let yourself hang for a few seconds. You should do this at least once a week, imo."...that's the great virtue of the free market, of the private market. It enables people...who hate one another...who don't speak the same language...who would fight one another if they had the chance, to cooperate economically. We were able to deal with China when China was a communist state. Even though we thought that that was a terrible arrangement, we could still cooperate. And that's what markets enable people to do. They bring freedom with them."
- Milton Friedman
03-02-2013, 03:23 PM #6
- Join Date: Nov 2012
- Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
- Posts: 4,046
- Rep Power: 22513
03-02-2013, 04:42 PM #7
03-02-2013, 04:45 PM #8
03-02-2013, 04:46 PM #9
By tennisplayer23 in forum ExercisesReplies: 30Last Post: 12-26-2013, 06:33 PM
By squatMoar in forum Teen BodybuildingReplies: 41Last Post: 08-24-2009, 10:03 PM
By ee33ee in forum Teen BodybuildingReplies: 32Last Post: 05-30-2008, 06:38 PM
By Dark_MadMax in forum ExercisesReplies: 6Last Post: 07-23-2007, 09:05 AM
By WonderRXR in forum Teen BodybuildingReplies: 5Last Post: 08-11-2003, 09:16 PM