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Answering the critics, once again, about this essential BFS core exercise
By BFS
Published: March/April 2008

When BFS started 32 years ago, one of the most controversial aspects of our program was our promotion of the squat. We stood by it then as one of the best exercises for athletes, and we stand by it now.

Much of the controversy originated from the belief that squats were harmful to the knees, an idea that was introduced by Dr. Karl K. Klein when he published the results of a study in 1961 that concluded that full squats could adversely affect knee stability. In the years that followed it was shown that there were flaws in the study, and the results could not be reproduced.

Further, other studies showed exactly opposite results, namely, that weightlifters and powerlifters tended to possess tighter knee joints than control groups and were less susceptible to knee injuries. And even though Klein in his later writings said he was not opposed to parallel squats, the damage had been done.

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Karl K. Klein was responsible for much of the controversy surrounding the squat. Details about his controversial 1961 research study on the squat can be found in The Knee in Sports, published in 1969, which he coauthored with Fred L. Allman, Jr.

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