I have not done a squat or a deadlift in close to 4 weeks. I overtrained and hurt MCL- based on what I read online I think it was a class II tear. I haven't had any pain for my re than a week. If I body weight squat I do feel a little discomfort. My questions would be the following:

  1. Should I wrap my knees during squat and deadlift?

  2. What is an optimal foot position for relieving sheer force on the mcl?

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    What about getting a concrete diagnosis rather than guessing from some online reading?
    – rrirower
    Sep 1, 2017 at 19:05
  • Dont do DEADLIFT, SQUAT all had injury and nobody expose it, they kept it secret by not telling injury's.
    – YumYumYum
    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:18

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Yes you need to be seen.

  • Knee braces i.e. CopperFIT do nothing. If you're orthopedically evaluated - if indicated - they'll recommend a brace.

  • A grade II MCL sprain means it's partially torn (to what degree?) however it sounds like this was a self diagnosis

Realize a few things here:

  • Collagen is avascular and consists of fibers that run parallel to each other. (this provides it's tensile strength).

  • It heels slowly and if you're not receiving proper rehab the fibers heal in a random "spaghetti" like pattern. As the majority of fibers are no longer parallel it provides little support and a full tear becomes likely.

  • With an MCL tear medial movements should be painful - avoid knock-knee positions (genu valgum).

  • Your foot position doesn't really matter in this case. This does not change the fact your MCL is still partially torn.

  • Your knee position is what you need to watch. Minimize lower extremity movements toward the midline of your body.


I am no doctor but

  1. I don't think that knee wraps are used for the purpose of supporting damaged joints. If body weight squats cause discomfort weighted squats should be avoided. Also I think knee wraps aren't that good for recovery because they restrict blood flow in the area.
  2. I am not qualified to answer this question.

That said I cannot stress enough how careful you should be with your knees. Ligaments grow slowly and take longer to repair than muscle. I seriously advise you to see a medical proffessional and enjoy some low impact and "easy on the joints" sports. Swimming, cycling (not off-road), etc. I have a friend who tore a ligament and it is something I would urge you to avoid.

  • That's good advice. I actually had no diagnosis - so it's pure conjecture. I don't want to make it worse. Sep 1, 2017 at 22:11

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