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Why Do My Knee Joints Pop During Squats?

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Joints often crack and pop during intense exercise -- here's why.
Question: "My knees pop when I do squats -- am I hurting myself or doing something wrong?"

Answer: The popping that you hear can be caused by a variety of factors, but usually it is simply tendons rubbing over bony ridges in the joint and is not harmful, says Marty Jaramillo, founder of the I.C.E. Sports Health Group at the Sports Club/LA in New York City.

It's pain, rather than popping noises, that should alert you to possible injury. To make sure that you're not putting your knees at risk when you squat, initiate the move by bending at the hips and keeping your knees in line with your toes (don't collapse in) and your body weight over your heels (don't let your knees move past your toes), says Jaramillo.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, April 2006.


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1/13/2012 03:45:30 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

what do you mean by "don't collapse in"? I always squat with my weaightin my heels, hips back but I do notice my thighs sometimes buckle in..what does that mean? I do suffer from a knee injury.

11/19/2011 04:57:51 AM Report Abuse

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