I once worked with a powerlifter who was trying to recover from a recent flare up of back pain. During one of our sessions where we were re-introducing the barbell back squat, he asked if he could use his weightlifting belt. In his mind, a belt was to be used any time you touched theContinue reading WARNING! Stop Wearing A Weightlifting Belt For Back Pain!
There are a few exercises common to strength athletes that require some caution, especially in the context of recovering from back injury. In today’s blog I want to briefly go over the following exercises so that you may better understand their use. Hip Extension “Reverse Hyper” Machine Back Extension Machine or Roman Chair Hip ExtensionContinue reading Reverse Hyper & Roman Chair Back Extensions?
Welcome back to Squat University. A few weeks ago I started a blog series on how to address back pain. If you are currently dealing with a back injury, I highly recommend checking out these prior blog articles before proceeding with the following content. What Causes Low Back Pain? How to Screen Your Low BackContinue reading Core Training: Bridging Rehab To Performance
Welcome back to Squat University. For the last few weeks, we have been discussing the topic of low back pain. In our most recent article, I unveiled a simple step-by-step protocol screening your back along with a few ways to start winding down your symptoms. Today I want to share how to start fixing yourContinue reading The McGill Big 3 For Core Stability
Treating low back pain is no easy feat as there are many factors that need to be considered. A few weeks ago we finished a blog series on back pain. Today I want to add one more category to that list by discussing how to fix low back pain caused by coordination problems. Through myContinue reading The Single Leg Bridge Test
Today we’re going to continue our series on low back pain during the squat by applying a novel concept to help us understand WHY back pain occurs. Physical Therapist Gray Cook (author of the book Movement and creator of the FMS screen) along with strength coach Mike Boyle coined the Joint-by-Joint approach as a simpleContinue reading Common Squat Injuries: Low Back Pain Pt 6 (The Joint-By-Joint Approach)
Welcome back to Squat University! For the past few weeks we have been have been discussing the topic of low back pain during the squat. If you haven’t checked out our previous lecture articles, I encourage you to read them before moving on. The information shared will help give you a good foundation to understandContinue reading The Pelvis & Low Back Relationship
Welcome back to Squat University! We are currently on a series discussing the common squat injury of low back pain. Treating low back pain is no easy task. This is because there are so many different factors that can contribute to the development of pain in this area of the body. There are some treatmentsContinue reading 5 Principles of Low Back Pain Rehabilitation
One of my biggest pet peeves is when doctors and other medical practitioners don’t take the time to explain and educate their patients the basics of their anatomy and why their injury occurred (called the injury mechanism). Today, I want to briefly go over the anatomy of the low back and cover some of theContinue reading What Causes Low Back Pain?
Of all the injuries a strength athlete can sustain, low back pain is often the most frustrating and debilitating. Not only does an injury to your back instantaneously drain you of your power and strength, it can also have an intense psychological effect that leaves you feeling like a shell of yourself. If you’ve everContinue reading The Low Back Pain Epidemic