For the third year in a row as I try to increase my ski specific training I cause pain in my knees on either side of the patellar tendon. I'm 63 years old in good condition with no diagnosed arthritis. I exercise regularly but I do not "work out" in the classic sense. I use a treadmill for walking and jogging about 20 minutes a day 5 or 6 days a week year round. I'm a golfer. I stretch. I do core exercises regularly. I do some thrusts and Turkish Get Ups regularly. I do some leg lifts weekly with lightish weight as recommended by my physician. Several years ago I noticed that one of my skiing weaknesses was an inability to quickly get off the ground after a fall or any time my butt was on the snow. I read on Epic and elsewhere that deep knee bends (squats) were the only way to get a full range of motion with power all the way with a fully flexed knee. Now for the third year in a row I've tried to add this exercise to my weekly routine. Each year I've added it more slowly.This yea I've only done squats with my heels on the floor and lower legs vertical. Never have I worked the squats to a point where my muscles were tired or strained. Unfortunately each year after a few days of work I get pain on either side of the patellar tendon. One knee has a little pain on the left side and the other on the right side. Anyone with any suggestions on what I should try next that could increase my fully flexed leg strength without causing the knee pain?
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If you're doing the Turkish get-ups without knee pain, you're doing something relatively closer to getting up on skis after a fall than squatting would be, anyway, without the knee pain issues you're getting from squatting.
My guess would be your squat form still needs work, hence the knee pain, but without seeing you squat etc. etc. there's no way to know.
What you read on Epic and what applies in the real world are two different things. Try some more Turkish get ups, and think about whether you find them purty similar to getting up while skiing. Ditching the squats seems the most efficient way to address the problem, if you can get the same or better conditioning effect in other ways.