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Are Deep Squats a Safe and Viable Exercise?

Schoenfeld, Brad MSc1; Williams, Mary MA2

Section Editor(s): Brown, Lee E. EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 34–36
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31824695a3
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SUMMARY: THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF DEBATE AMONG STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS, REHABILITATION SPECIALISTS, AND RESEARCHERS REGARDING THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF PERFORMING THE DEEP SQUAT EXERCISE. IN THIS ARTICLE, THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS AND THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF PERFORMING THIS CLOSED-KINETIC CHAIN LOWER EXTREMITY EXERCISE WILL BE DISCUSSED.

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1Exercise Science Department, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York

2Athletic Training Education Program, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas

The purpose of the Point/Counterpoint Column is to provide a respectful and balanced discussion in relation to controversial or current topics in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and human performance.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Brad Schoenfeld is a lecturer in the Exercise Science Department at CUNY Lehman College.

Mary Williams is an assistant clinical professor and director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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