I have hip pain in the side of my leg when I back or front squat. It generally feels just very tight or small pain when I first start a workout cycle, and after a couple weeks the pain gets bad enough to where I have to lower the weight significantly and go slow, or stop, as it becomes more painful. It only starts hurting once I get to the parellel position or lower. It reduces pain if I drop down more quickly rather than slowly lower my body. It's almost as if the tendon or whatever is taking on the weight more than my quad muscles are, damaging it. I cant pinpoint the muscle, I would guess tensor fascia latae but based on pictures it seems kind of high.. I posted a diagram with a circle on it below where I am having pain. My question is what causes this(tight quads maybe)?, how do I fix it? I'd like to keep growing my leg muscles while working it out. I seem to be able to do some other leg exercises better such as bulgarian split squat or landmine squat, although the tendon hurts if Ive backsquatted earlier in the week when doing these exercises. When I do my squat form, i bend my knees, externally rotate my knees a bit, and try to sit back and down. I have better luck using lighter weight(like 50% of 1rm).