What kind of lower back injury do you have? I currently have a lower back strain and so I can’t squat or do high pulls at the moment and I’m not very happy about it.[/quote]
I herniated a lumbar disk in a sledding accident worthy of an episode of “World’s Dumbest”. I couldn’t rack a 135 lb barbell 3 months later. No pulls, presses, squats - very depressing. going on three years now and I now squat dbw for two reps, but I just took it slow, did single leg body weight work until my back healed up, and once I could squat again, worked hard on keeping a neutral spine. I squat low bar and stop at or just below parallel because my back rounds dramatically going below parallel and my ass and left leg go numb. I go ATG with front squats with no rounding or pain. IMO, and based on that article I mentioned, I think that for most people, it is not possible to eliminate rounding if you squat below parallel with a low bar position. I don’t think stretching helps - at least it did nothing for me.
Is your back strain a disk issue or a true muscle strain? [/quote]
Its hard to say. I don’t go to doctors unless I have to. My guess is a strain from heavy high pull work but I’m also a police officer and wearing a duty belt and sitting in a car for long periods of time does not help the situation at all. I haven’t done high pulls for about a week now. My back would hurt when the weight was descending so I"m not sure if I was trying to catch the weight somehow with my lower back or what the issue was. I’m going to try high pulls again on Monday and really focus on my form before adding a lot of weight. And I’m not sure if it was doing them from the hang that was hurting my back or not so for now I will stick to doing them strictly from blocks.