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Lower Back Savers: Part 1

Written on May 5, 2009 at 10:19 am, by Eric Cressey

Sooner or later, you’re going to tweak your back, and there’s nothing you’ll ever experience, perhaps shy of limb dismemberment, that’ll put a stop to your training as cruelly or effectively. Of course, if you’ve already had some back problems, you know what we’re talking about. Either way, we recommend you bone up on the back. It’s one complex little beastie.

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4 Responses to “Lower Back Savers: Part 1”

  1. David Says:

    Hello Eric~

    I read your blog EVERY SINGLE DAY, along with and Robertson’s, Boyle’s, and Cosgrove’s, to name a few. Thank you for your wealth of information.

    How do you train athletes for one-day tournaments? Obviously, getting in peak physical condition is key and peaking at the right time is important. But what about on the actual day?

    I play in several one-day basketball tournaments each year, and the problem is that we have extended breaks (sometimes more than an hour) between games. I can stay hydrated and stretch, etc., but what are some tips to get ready for another game when you’ve been resting between games for a long time? My legs start getting stiff after a few games and it’s hard to get enough juice for the next leg of the tourney.

    One time, I tried lightly jogging and what not, but that seemed to drain me (remember, sometimes we play up to 7 games in one day and I need to conserve all the energy I can).

    I thought perhaps your experience with baseball players might be helpful, not only because they also play in tourneys, but since they often sit in the dugout for long stretches of time before they have to step to the plate and start sprinting full out.

    Thanks!

  2. Dev Chengkalath Says:

    Hey Eric,

    Just wanted to say great post on low back issues! You definitely highlight some major points.

    This is definitely a huge issue with both active and inactive populations that requires individually tailored rehab work.

    I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    Regards,
    Dev

  3. Simon Jones Says:

    Fantastic article Eric :)

    Some really interesting points made in your interview with Dr. Jason Hodges…liked the analogy about the fact that diagnostic imaging only shows how the structure ‘looks’ but doesn’t tell you how it functions.

    Can’t wait for the next part of the series!!

    Simon :)

  4. Joel Passley Says:

    I ran across a lot of intriguing stuff in your website.

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