It is a football injury from a few years ago. I was in an awkward position and got hit from the side pretty hard. Two of my lumbar vertebrae touched and all of the discs in the lumbar region were herniated. It ended my career actually.
Damn! And you’re still able to lift heavy? Do you squat, DL? I’ve always wondered why you don’t hear about back injuries in football that often…it always seems to be all about knees, shoulders, and concussions. You’d think serious back injuries would be common with all the hard hits.
I still have to take things easy on leg days. I mostly do front squats, but I have done some back squats as well. I don’t think I will ever do heavy DL’s again which sucks because they used to be my favorite exercise. I would try out trap bar deads because at this point I think they would be okay, but my gym doesn’t have one here. The difficult thing is finding the line between tightness and pain when I do stuff; it’s really fine.
I’ve heard from a number of people here who’ve come back from disc herniations and put up new PRs. Others just freak out and tell you to never again lift anything heavier than a pencil. I’m not sure what to believe anymore. For now, I’m just trying to aggressively rehabilitate the back by doing a lot of Cressey’s Mobility stuff and heavy Yoga (which my GF swears by, having had back issues herself), with the hope of eventually getting back to heavy lifting. I may switch to Sumo in order to reduce shear stress on the lower back. What do you think?
Yeah that’s a really good idea. Any exercise where you can keep your back more vertical will help. When I have done back squats, wide stance squats were a lot more comfortable, but that might be because I have long legs.
A person’s response to a back injury is really individual. Even with MRIs and xrays, doctors apparently aren’t able to predict pain or recovery times. I think part of the problem is because “herniated disc” or “degenerated disc” can mean pretty much anything. It makes it really hard to compare injuries.
I like Cressey’s stuff a lot more than the standard rehab exercises which seemed useless for any kind of athlete. They might help some people I guess, but no joke, one exercise was just seated bouncing up and down on a balance ball.