How to Avoid Bleacher Pain This Season
By Donna Stark
Whether you are a loyal fan of your favorite football team or a super fan of a family member, traveling to games and sitting through the duration of the event can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from back pain. And if you haven't experienced pain yet this season, don't count yourself out of that challenge, because if you do enough traveling and you spend the bulk of your weekends cheering from those hard benches, your chances of feeling some amount of back pain will increase significantly. Here are some tips on how to avoid that.
Getting to the Game
If your destination involves a long drive, there are some steps you can take to ensure that you will arrive pain-free and ready to cheer your heart out. Take a look.
- Adjust your seat and mirrors before you leave
- Stop and take breaks often to stretch
- Use a lumbar support or a small pillow placed behind your lower back
These are great tips for getting you to the game, but the worst part is yet to come sitting in the bleachers for hours on end.
Who Invented Bleachers Anyway?
Bleachers are often made from hard plastic, wood, or metal and offer zero support for your back. And if you are caught in the middle of the row? Well, good luck with trying to move into a comfortable position with all of those people sitting around you. It's no wonder why so many people walk away with pain and stiffness because as much fun as the games are to watch, sitting in that position for hours every weekend can definitely add way too much stress to your lower back.
Avoiding Bleacher Pain
Whether you have experienced bleacher pain yet or not, it's important to take the proper precautions to avoid it as soon as you can. You certainly don't want to be screaming more because you are in pain than how you do when your team or child executes an awesome play! Take a look at a few suggestions on how to keep your back as healthy as you can while enjoying the games that you love so much.
- Bring a cushion, blanket, or mat to sit on
- Invest in a comfortable bleacher seat (there are some great options online)
- Keep your back straight so that stress and your weight are evenly distributed
- Take plenty of breaks to stand and stretch (just don't block a person's view)
- Use those moments of exuberant cheer to stand and move your body
- Get up and walk around during breaks between quarters or over halftime
Taking the proper precautions and keeping your spine as healthy as it can be will allow you to continue cheering for your team or loved one as long as their season lasts! So keep doing what you do best and enjoy those games free of pain!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.