Josiah's Story (Documentary)

  • čas přidán 25. 01. 2018
  • Josiah O’Brien is a powerlifter who suffered one of the worst squat injuries ever caught on tape. While attempting 655 lbs on his 3rd attempt at a meet, disaster struck as he tore almost every supporting ligament & extensor tendons (patellar & quad) on BOTH KNEES.
    After extensive surgery performed by Dr. Christopher Shaw, Josiah was unable to bend his knees for 12 weeks & required braces for walking. The documentary follows his 100+ visits of physical therapy at Boost Physical Therapy & Sports Performance spread over 9 months on his path to recovery.
    Dr. Aaron Horschig (the lead physical therapist woking with Josiah) is the founder of A physical therapist, coach, speaker, and author of 'The Squat Bible', Dr. Horschig works with such athletes as international soccer players, MLB and NFL athletes, national-level Olympic weightlifters, and youth athletes at Boost Physical Therapy & Sports Performance in Kansas City Missouri.
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Komentáře • 102

  • department of otherworld
    department of otherworld Před 12 dny +1

    Watching that vid so cringgge, oh man i had to watch it again. Makes me never want to squat again. What steps could be taken for the average person to hopefully prevent this? It seemed like it could not be predicted.
    P. S. I hope this guy is able to recover or has recoverd 100% And is pain free.

    • brandon muse
      brandon muse Před 9 dny

      I think because he had already hit heavy weights around that weight multiple times that day. I think his body was muscles and ligaments were to fatigued.

  • Abdelgani Failat
    Abdelgani Failat Před 25 dny

    I just had a meniscus tear and I was complaining about it, i feel like a bitch after watching this video this guy a monster

    JANIYAH KUMIN Před měsícem

    All the best for you👍👍👍

  • Chris Estabon
    Chris Estabon Před 3 měsíci

    Genetics is a heartless B. This guys knees snapped at around half the world record. That sucks

  • Chris Estabon
    Chris Estabon Před 3 měsíci

    Need the bg audio to not overpower the vocal. Curious about the repair job. Synthetic cordage or tendon grafts.

  • Omandu HUisLife
    Omandu HUisLife Před 3 měsíci

    Thanks for sharing. Squat Uni is so EPIC working with a man you truly has a strong sense of self belief which he wouldn't have achieved without his amazing super strong WIFE!!

  • Jordan Chaffin
    Jordan Chaffin Před 3 měsíci

    What church was that that hosted a powerlifting meet? Haha That's awesome

  • chsftball57
    chsftball57 Před 4 měsíci

    In 2012 I tore my ACL, PCL, MCL, Patella Femoral ligament, and my Medial Meniscus all in my right knee. I fully understand the pain it takes to rehab an injury like that but I also have zero idea what it took for him to overcome both legs at the same time. Incredible story! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Steve Arce
    Steve Arce Před 4 měsíci +1


  • Alexander Warner
    Alexander Warner Před 4 měsíci

    It always amazes me that Americans have to rely on whip-rounds to get medical treatment. 🙄
    Well done! Horrific injury wouldn't wish it on anybody. Clearly a very resilient chap.

  • Disa Cane
    Disa Cane Před 4 měsíci +3

    Hi doc, could you please make a video about returning to squat after a meniscus surgery?

  • Diego Garcia
    Diego Garcia Před 5 měsíci

    I wouldve gotten ptsd from that. Never trained legs again

  • Francisco Galárraga
    Francisco Galárraga Před 7 měsíci +1

    Really inspiring. I tore one meniscus a year ago. I felt the worst pain in my life post knee surgery, on the first rehab day trying to lift my leg. Excruciating and instant tear inducing. My injury scar literally looks like a flea bite next to Josiah's scars. After watching this, going to work on my one leg squat, and improve mobility, so my weight lifting can improve and be overall stronger. Congrats on the amazing recovery Josiah!

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před 6 měsíci

      Thank you! Glad you liked the video - thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • Yongwei Nino
    Yongwei Nino Před 7 měsíci

    How did he even deal with the mental part where he used to be squatting 600+ pounds but now struggles with the small weights.

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před 6 měsíci

      It was definitely a struggle. The psychological impact of an injury like this is massive for any athlete.

  • Parth Pandya
    Parth Pandya Před 7 měsíci +5

    When there's a will there's a way!! 👌

  • K-PAX
    K-PAX Před 8 měsíci +1

    awesome document, but the music in background is too loud, its hard to hear what they are saying (and I do believe the story itself is mind blowing, no need for extra effects to make it more dramatic)

  • Kalvin Cochran
    Kalvin Cochran Před 10 měsíci

    20:20 process

  • Eric Matterson
    Eric Matterson Před 11 měsíci +7

    Who the hell gave this a thumbs down? Why?

  • Aleksandra Zimpel
    Aleksandra Zimpel Před 11 měsíci +1

    I’m truly inspired by this incredible story of strength, patience and faith

  • Mohammed A adnan
    Mohammed A adnan Před rokem +1

    What an amazing story I have ever seen . Squat university you are the best 🙏🏻❤️

  • Elana Wilson
    Elana Wilson Před rokem

    Thank you for sharing!!! I'm coming back from an ACL reconstruction and it's stories like this that keep me pushing forward and getting better every day!!

  • Marcos Isaac Nogueras Rivera

    Now I’m afraid to squat heavy

  • JC Collins
    JC Collins Před rokem +9

    The podcast brought me here. I wish it didn't... That snap sound almost made me vomit 🤢
    What a story. Josiah you're a champ!

  • Thelos7878
    Thelos7878 Před rokem

    Incredible resolve from the athlete and dedication from the staff.

  • Joseph Tizol
    Joseph Tizol Před rokem

    I just listened to the story on the podcast and now have watched the video. What an inspiration!...also makes me rethink making excuses for not working out.👍🏻

  • 9Ts々Punisher
    9Ts々Punisher Před rokem

    What was the reason ? Heavy weight ? Fuck man ! God bless you brother

  • NodNarb Xx
    NodNarb Xx Před rokem

    Josiah mentioned how he felt like confident with the weight. Can you explain exactly how and why this happened? This video makes me uneasy with squatting heavy now.

    • Savant Turnip
      Savant Turnip Před 7 měsíci +1

      The message out there seems to be accumulated wear and tear, with very little maintenance.
      I know nothing about this dude but I've seen steroid gains out pace tendon strength in a good few powerlifters.

  • Evan Wu
    Evan Wu Před rokem

    Best decision he made is come to Dr. Aaron Horschig and not any other PT

  • Raphael Pereira
    Raphael Pereira Před rokem +3

    Great job for all involved on that

  • tejas moolya
    tejas moolya Před rokem

    Hat's off for you Sir.

  • Máté Gombos
    Máté Gombos Před rokem +1

    A massive-massive respect to you!

  • joe bear
    joe bear Před rokem +1

    Gnarly bro be safe

  • John Ow
    John Ow Před rokem +4

    what an amazing story. Squat University you are the best.

  • Binh Tran
    Binh Tran Před rokem +2

    I see him wearing westside barbell shirt. Does he train their systems? They are quite well know to bastardising their own bodies just to win competitions.

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem

      He uses the conjugate method for his training just recently - but it's not something he's followed for a long time.

  • ClappOnUpp
    ClappOnUpp Před rokem +3

    I'm glad I watched this. It made me realize the importance of things I never thought about before.

  • Austin Powers
    Austin Powers Před rokem +2


  • John Calarco
    John Calarco Před rokem +1

    Amazing story, great work Dr. Aaron!

  • L Vegan Angel
    L Vegan Angel Před rokem +4

    You are the man, this is inspirational!

  • sander
    sander Před rokem +6

    Not only an inspirational athlete, but also an inspirational physical therapist. This is what we work for in PT school, thanks for the motivation on both training and study!

  • Trent Kenton
    Trent Kenton Před rokem +2

    an incredible story of grit, perseverance wow this was so inspiring. I'm definitely gonna pay attention to the small details so I can train for a very very long time

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem

      I'm so glad you liked the video Trent! Thanks for checking it out!

  • Elyn Rebels
    Elyn Rebels Před rokem +1

    Such a powerful story-many lessons to be taken...wishing Josiah all the best going forward!

  • DQN
    DQN Před rokem

    i really need help everytime i bend my legs like at a 90 degree angle my whole thigh hurts

  • MrScottyT21
    MrScottyT21 Před rokem +2

    This was truly awesome, well done everyone involved!! Thanks for sharing

  • SnakeY
    SnakeY Před rokem

    Great Document!

  • WP
    WP Před rokem +3

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a video or series on how to “bulletproof” your legs. Basically workouts you can do to make your legs as strong and stable as possible to prevent injuries and keep your legs strong and healthy. Kind of like how you can bulletproof your shoulder by doing rotator cuff workouts.

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem

      I'll see what I can do

    • WP
      WP Před rokem

      Michael Kara sure what’s your email

    • Michael Karayan
      Michael Karayan Před rokem +3

      WP there aren’t any really and unfortunately the fact of the matter is rotator cuff work is too unspecific to help prevent injury-if that were even possible. For example if your goal is to “protect” your shoulders when you’re doing heavy bench work or overhead pressing a 5 lb multiple rep shoulder drill isn’t gonna do much to prevent you from injuring yourself with a 225 lb barbell on the bench Press. Or 40 lb dumbbells or whatever. First and foremost, you need to get stronger. The best tools you can use for your legs are squats and deadlifts to get them nice and strong and more resilient to the weird stuff that happens later-on the field or at the grocery store picking up a box of water. Much in the same way when I have clients come to me with some kind of chronic shoulder pain I put them on a plan to get their press (and if applicable, chin up) strength up. With geriatric populations or traumatic injury folks (or even people with shitty mobility. If a full press isn’t possible or hurts we’ll try a shorter range of motion off of pins. If pins don’t work we talk about hanging a pvc pipe from a couple of gymnastics rings and practice eccentric and isometric loading...but that’s all in the event of injury. Do you have an Instagram account or an email address I can send you an utterly amazing article that will discuss in depth what I’m talking about exactly it’s just too much to fit into a CHclip comment. I’ve been where you are now and I would love nothing more than to get you closer to your goals and I’m not gonna charge you a single penny. I just want more people to be in the knowhow.

    • WP
      WP Před rokem +1

      Michael Kara I just wanna know what workouts I can do that can help me prevent leg injuries like this. I injured my shoulder and discovered that rotator cuff workouts can help prevent shoulder injuries dramatically. That’s why I wanted to know if there’s any workouts I can do that can prevent me injuring my legs in the same way.

    • Michael Karayan
      Michael Karayan Před rokem +2

      WP my bad man didn’t mean to sound like a dick. Head was in a bad place, my apologies. I coach strength and conditioning. I have a client who asked me a very similar question. In so many words, when someone is trying to “bulletproof a joint” they are in essence embarking on a journey that has no guarantee for success, potentially hinders performance, requires time spent doing nonspecific-to-them mobility, and less time training-all of which is the exact opposite of what you need to be doing to correctly train the complex musculoskeletal structures of your body that might be more susceptible to injury. Injury again which is not something predictable-albeit we haven’t quite examined Josiah’s training program/style or whether he was chronically overreaching prior to his accident. Not reading over all that so I also apologize for any grammatical or contextual errors. Open to discuss if you have questions.

  • Ben Yoder
    Ben Yoder Před rokem +6

    Recovering from a broken leg right now, I needed this

  • Luke Madden
    Luke Madden Před rokem +10

    Anybody else afraid to squat now? Incredible guy and such a well done documentary

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +9

      Don't be afraid to squat! This is a very rare injury. Listen to you body and things will be okay for you. Thanks so much for checking the video out.

  • Robi K
    Robi K Před rokem +1

    I've been waiting for this video. Thanks for sharing. Your work and this video helps not to loose hope when you suffer a serious injury. Could i ask you what would you do different if Josiah also had peroneal nerve damage?

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +1

      Good question Kathy! First let me thank you for checking out the video. If he had peroneal nerve damage - it would first depend on whether the nerve was severed completely or just impinged. The therapy would then include targeted exercises at improving those weaknesses associated with it like foot drop.

  • Santiago Salvatore
    Santiago Salvatore Před rokem +1

    Wow! I'm at loss for words. What an inspirational story. To go through such adversity, Josiah's mental strength must be out of this world! Thank you for sharing this experience and triumphant return! #SquatUniversity

  • Adán Alcalá León
    Adán Alcalá León Před rokem +7

    These guys have special place in Heaven waiting for them. Keep it up my brothers

  • Finch02
    Finch02 Před rokem +1

    Thank you sharing this journey with us. It was awesome to take a small look into the long grueling process that went into recovery. I’m going to school to become a PTA and MAYBE continuing on to PT school (we shall see lol). My goal is to help people get back to where they were/want to be after an injury. Thanks again.

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem

      Work hard and anything is possible! Thank you for checking out the documentary

  • Alexander Nguyen
    Alexander Nguyen Před rokem +2

    Amazing story. Unmatched willpower !

  • AB-Man 55
    AB-Man 55 Před rokem +45

    This is what being a true Champion mentally is all about, dealing with a career ending injury for most and fighting your way back. This is truly an inspirational story!

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +3

      I'm glad you liked the story Darryl! Thanks for checking it out!

  • baby tooth dent
    baby tooth dent Před rokem +4

    Proud of ya for fighting your way back. Inspiring stuff.

  • mikel_inzunza
    mikel_inzunza Před rokem +2


  • Mizter
    Mizter Před rokem +10

    This is terrifying... This dude has a tremendous heart and you guys did a great job.
    Did you actually know what causes the injury ?

    • Jean Gove'
      Jean Gove' Před měsícem

      @Squat University did he have no telltale symptoms before this?

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +9

      I'm glad you liked the story - so likely his tendons (quad and/or patellar) had become so degraded due to tendinoapthy that it was only a matter of time that it would rupture - this is a very rare occurrence

  • Danny Maldonado
    Danny Maldonado Před rokem +24

    What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Purorawmirez
    Purorawmirez Před rokem +8

    This hurts my knees

  • Abid Khan
    Abid Khan Před rokem +5

    But exactly how and why did it happen? Thanks

    • Gerald J Galvin
      Gerald J Galvin Před rokem +2

      Did he have pain or tenderness in his knees prior to this powerlifting meet? What previous injuries to his knees did he have that resulted in the injury of tendinopathy?

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +22

      It really doesn't have anything to do with a wide stance - if anything that would take more pressure off the knees and increase torque at the hip joint.

    • Squat University
      Squat University  Před rokem +10

      It has to do with the tendons becoming degraded due to the injury of tendinopathy - it likely became very advanced and led to rupture.

    • Azra
      Azra Před rokem +3

      looks like too wide of a stance and possibly pronation of his foot causing valgus and under heavy loads, bam, this is what happens. I can't bare to watch people squat like that in suits or way too wide for what their hips allow comfortably. Tragic but could have been prevented.

  • Keun Park
    Keun Park Před rokem +9

    Incredible and impressive work, from both athlete and therapist! 🙏🏼