Originally Posted by Adrian Miles
Just to clarify - the ITB is not being aggravated or caused by squatting. The squats are to address many of the issues in the EMI article. (addressing glute strength etc). I am trying my absolute best to maintain correct form and have been given coaching at my affiliate. I am seeing an A.R.T therapist - (but I haven't spoken to him about this yet)
My main issue is this 'soreness'. Its not pain - its like having a sore muscle, but it feels like its in my patella tendon.. It does not affect my ability to squat or run or anything, just a bit annoying the day after squatting. And I'm hoping its not a precurser to some evil tendonitis.
My A.R.T has prescribed squats with feet out at approx 45 degrees to activate the vastus med more I think. Would that have anything to do with it?
Thanks again for the input
ITB screw ups are usually indicative of something, so even if ITB doesn't get worse there is still a hip function thing to sort out.
my opinion about the foot angle and VMO may be ill informed but I think prescription sounds like utter BS. if you have a sleepy VMO you have tracking problems, if you have tracking problems they start as a soreness in the p. tendon..it is subtle at first. it goes downhill if not attended to. knees and squats are like certain advanced sexual practices..if it hurts, you're doing it wrong.
i'm not a doctor but here's something i would try and see if it works for you. as an interim squat technique to build some hip drive and flexibilty.
try to squat in a wide stance to a medium high box. when i say medium I mean you're right at parallel, not below, not really above. when i say wide i mean heels fully an inch plus outside shoulder width, and by shoulder width I mean the outside of your shoulders, not heel in line with shoulder socket...i mean wide. at first you may have a hard time gettign to eh box without plopping. like all regualr squats drive your knees apart going down and on the way up.
start by doing these unweighted. shins should be perpendicular to the floor or even knees behind shins. develop some hip drive and hip mobility. you should be able to do this without aggravating either knee or hip (ITB)...
try and see. look up "terminal knee extensions" for another VMO option.