It’s official: banded squatting is officially banned.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to outlaw the practice.
In the council’s unanimous decision, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan argued that banded squats are not just for the benefit of the general public, but for people with special needs.
The practice, which is not technically illegal, was promoted by the National Association of Banded People (NABOP) and is considered the sport of choice for some with disabilities, according to the council.
Kaplan said the city should also outlaw banded lifting because it puts the community at risk.
“There is no justification for the use of banded lifts for banded individuals,” she said.
“These individuals are at risk of being injured and injured themselves, and we should not be taking the risk.”
Kaplan cited an article published in The Daily Beast that found banded quads and bands can be used to “bond” people with certain health issues.
“I believe that banding people is the best thing that could have been done in this country, but we’re not allowed to do it,” she added.
The council’s decision comes as the National Federation of the Blind, a group advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in the United States, launched a campaign against banded lift use.
“This new ordinance, if enacted, would put thousands of people at risk for serious injury, possibly death,” the group said in a statement.
“These injuries could include: fractures, ruptured ligaments, brain injuries, and even permanent disability.”
The council voted to prohibit banded Squatting on Wednesday, but Kaplan said the move will not stop banded lifters from using the sport.
“It’s going to be allowed, and it’s not going to stop people from doing it,” Kaplan said.
“They are still going to do banded exercises.
We’re just going to have to take a step back and look at the issue and try to make the laws that are right.”
The Council of the Federation of Bandied Squats is not a legal organization and does not endorse banded sport.
Kaepas stance is supported by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a group of public servants who say banded activity is dangerous.
The organization said in 2016 that “the use of bands is dangerous, often causing severe injury, and has the potential to cause injury to the athlete.”