Should dryland Ice Hockey Training have woman perform Olympic Squats?
This was taken from newsletter than I regularly receive. It does a great job discussing the moronic thought that full(Olympic) squats are bad for knee as well as the knees of female athletes. Robert is an Olympic Weightlifting coach. He knows that world much better than I and can validate the LACK of knee injuries by female weight lifters. One must appreciate the pressure that is placed on the knees when performing a full Olympic movement. Let me say that it’s pretty intense and not having any injuries over decades is proof enough for me.
Do I feel that an athlete should perform a full Olympic movement starting from the floor? No. How about ending in a full squat position? Probably not. However, let’s take the information for what it’s worth. We must learn from those that have actually trained athletes for several decades with great success.
In my experience 99% of the female athletes that I have trained are simply weak. Their knee collapse(come together) when they descend prior to jumping or cutting. This goes for Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Ice Hockey and Softball. I can blame weak glutes and hamstrings and a variety of other weak muscle and alignment issues. I can blame lack of technique. To simplify the issue, many of these problems stem from not being strong. I’m not talking about the athlete squatting 2x their body weight. I’m talking about handling their own body weight in space which they can’t do.
Show me an ACL injury and most likely the female can’t do more than 8-10 legitimate pull/chin ups. Why does an upper body have to do with ACL injuries? Easy, it’s all about relative body strength. If the athlete is weak in something like a pull up then it’s likely that their entire body is weak. This isn’t something that I dreamed up training athletes in Pittsburgh. This is the how the human body works. Ask a weak body to move fast then change directions, something will give.
Once female athletes embrace strength training you will see the dramatic decrease in injuries in general not just ACL injuries.
Enjoy this post from Robert Takano!
THE TAKANO ATHLETICS NEWSLETTER VOL. 2, No. 19
This free newsletter is to inform you of events, and thoughts regarding the training of weightlifters and the incorporation of the Olympics lifts and their derivatives into the training of athletes.
Robert Takano / Takano Athletics