Not sure if this article has been discussed before but i wanted to get the opinions of some who particpate in sport.
There is so much talk of not letting the lower back round most of it i think from a lot of McGills work. I came across this article advocating the FULL ROM for the lumbar erectors/spine. The article seems to make some sense to me as we are always told to exercise throughout a full range; why should the lower lumbar region be any different?
As a mountain biker i got into a habit of trying to keep "neutral" spine all the time while jumping my bike. After a while i felt like i was actually getting worse in my movements. I started re-analyzing footage of riders i admire and all of them have a less than "neutral" spine; you can see there "back of their back" from the top of the shirt to the bottom. I looked at a photo of me riding and sure enough the upper back was against the shirt and the lower was not visable.
Also, i took a pilates class the other day (i know, i know but i kind of liked it) and they do alot of full ROM movemnt of the spine and crunch type movemnts; things like lowering one vertabrae at a time etc.
Afterwards my lower back/trunk area felt better than it has in long time. What gives?
I have become so fearful of rounding my lower back i may have been avaoiding things that would actually help me.
Any thoughts on this topic.
Heres the article