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Sports and Back Pain: What to Know

By Sara Butler

Getting your body moving and exercising are very good things for your overall health and wellness. But the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic know that certain sports lead to a higher incidence of back pain. It's important to be aware of how your sport of choice can impact the health of your spine and understand what you need to do in order to avoid it.

Be on the Lookout

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek treatment from chiropractors -- especially if they participate in some type of sport. Seeing the chiropractor for regular care before back pain strikes is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and injury-free.

Which Sports?

While all sports carry some risk of injury, when it comes to back pain there are several sports that increase your risk. Back pain most often occurs in people who participate in these sporting activities:

  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Weightlifting
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis

Of course, just sitting around in your recliner can increase your risk of back pain too, so don't let the risk of an injury stop you from finding something you like to do that helps you to stay active. If you are an athlete, then the proper form can really save your back. In fact, studies have found that athletes that use proper form have fewer injuries to their spinal discs than those that overtrain or use improper form.

What You Can Do

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk. Of course, using proper form for your exercise, the correct gear, and making regular visits to the chiropractor are a few -- but there are more.

You should always make sure to perform warm-up exercises before doing any type of exercise. Studies have shown that warming up can cut your risk of injury by half when compared with those who don't warm up their muscles.

You should also ensure that your exercise program includes stretching of the major muscle groups as well as the strengthening of the muscles in your core, which can help to better support your spine. It won't hurt to devote more time to your flexibility and balance in order to avoid injury and lower back pain. Give yourself time to recover from exercise too, or you risk injury from overtraining.

If you have questions or concerns about back pain and your favorite sport, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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