The Lower Back



During An athlete’s professional career the lower spine (the lower back) will usually deal with high intensities without any real problems.The lumbar spine can be highly mobile and its intertwined muscles and ligaments are of great importance for improved dynamic power during most sports.More times than not, lower back pain, discomfort and dysfunction are some of the most reasons Athletes end up in the physio room.

Back pain seems to effect elite athletes more commonly than the general population:It has been reported that 75% of elite athletes have had some type of lower back discomfort during their competitive career. With the level of competition increasing, athletes have to work much harder to keep up with the rise in ability and competition for places. With more being expected of athletes they are having work longer and harder (in some cases) adding more stress to the body.The increased pressure of having to perform plus the added stress from training sessions place more demands on the spines of athletes.In each sport a unique demands is placed on the lumbar spine and, in turn, the intervertebral disc. Major forces are formulated in the disc during various athletic movements.

So haw can we Reducing the Risk of lower back pain and its associated disk functions?We need to ensure of proper coaching to irradiate any flaws in technique. It is important for the athletes to be coached correctly by qualified coaches and personal trainers. It is of great use for both coaches and sports therapist to work together to keep athletes risk and injury free for as much of their sporting career as possible.




Treatment of Disc Degeneration

A Personalized exercise program to restore lumbar range of movement, this should be done with a qualified coach, therapist, or personal trainer. The next steps would be for the athlete to begin more specific rehabilitation program to regain lumbo-pelvic strength, control and stability.The aim of rehabilitation should be to return the athlete to their sport pain-free, and with re-injury prevention advice and a maintenance program.


If you are experiencing back pain, whether it is related to sport or not, contact me for advice on or ask questions here.


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Author: Jordane Zammit Tabona, founder of Function360


5 Reasons you should do Olympic lifts

Leon Kew

Olympic weightlifters are often seen as the superhumans of the sporting world. If you’ve ever watched it on the TV you will have seen the amazing demonstration of strength and power as they move a weight 2-3 times their bodyweight from the floor to over their head in a split second.

There are two main lifts in Olympic lifting.

  • ‘snatch’ – similar to a wide grip deadlift which turns into an overhead squat
  • ‘clean and jerk’ – similar to a deadlift which turns into a front squat then into a push press.

There are a huge number of reasons why the Olympic lifts can be a great addition to your current training program but here are my top 5.

1) You will burn fat :Read more