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Preventing and Helping Lower Back for Athletes - Exercises to Keep Yours Fit

Published: 2020-10-09

The sports careers of bigtime and recreational athletes are often ended with a lower back injury and pain and SportsEdTV’s Summer Huntington has exercise routines to help prevent them.

Watch as Summer demonstrates her low back targeted exercises here. 

She joins sports health practitioners who recognize lower back injuries and stress as one of the more common sports hurts. Famous first-name-only backs of superstars named Tiger and Peyton lead a legion of athletes whose careers were severely affected by low back hurts.

Golf and other body-torque heavy sports have historically been among the leading career-ending injuries in sports - rivaled only by knee injuries.

Summer Huntington to the rescue, especially for sportsmen and women competing in sports that put heavy emphasis on torso twisting repetition.

“Gymnasts, golfers, wrestlers, weightlifters, and tennis players come quickly to mind, but all athletes play at risk of inhibiting their play when low back pain exists,” Summer says.

“All low backs are at risk, especially in contact and fast-moving sports, but a healthy, exercised low back has a much better chance of warding off the hazards when they come,” she adds.

From her Flow Shala studio, her video will start you off with exercises you can do to build yourself some low back health insurance.

Summer's video shows her low back health exercises in two phases including:

Warmup

When you're ready to warm up your low back, here are a couple of real easy mobility drills to try.  

  • Place your knees hip-distance apart, press the tops of the feet down, spread your fingers all the way out to the webbing, then around your back, coming into a concave back is one.
  • Then you can let your head hang down, shift your body slightly forward to stretch your chops, and inhale.

Warmup

RAD Rolling

The second phase is RAD Rolling, not just the culprit of the pain, which is your low back, but also finding different areas that might be restricted and contributing to low back pain, specifically your hip flexors, iliac, and your TFL, which are on the outer side of your glutes.

RAD Rolling

And then techniques to use with the RAD Rollerskate as well on your actual low back.

Just so you know, I got my training from RAD Roller and am a master trainer for them.

If you're curious about RAD Rolling, check out the website, Radroller.com. You can always get 15 percent off of any of your equipment by using my code at checkout, which is Summer H.

Finally, Summer suggests not to force these exercises. If you have old injuries they might feel a bit “crunchy” she says, urging all users to proceed with caution.  

“Hopefully you’ll learn some new things about how to mobilize your joints, how to release and how to use a specific closed chain mobility drill that will enhance your ability to activate the motor units around it, get out of pain and increase your range of motion,” she says.