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Old October 8th, 2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default New skater has lower back pain

Hey everyone. I just got some agressive in-line skates the other night.

I used to rollerblade a lot, but I had speed skates, and never agressive skates. I am enjoying these new skates. Just really tested them out about 10 minutes ago. Landed my first grind (albeit short) with only 1 fall throughout the night.

However, I had to cut my session short. And for the same reason I used to dislike rollerblading.

After skating for 10-20 minutes, I develop a pain in my lower back, almost like my muscles there are contracting and trying to bend my back in half. Anyone else experience this? Or know how to keep it from happening?

Any advice (be it for the pain, or just for me as a new skater) is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old October 8th, 2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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Are you stretching before skating, and after? I stretch before, and then skate lightly for about 10 minutes, and stretch again (with skates on), and then after. I used to have the same back issues. At the age of 45, I can't worry about back pain, no.

Also, when you're landing your grinds, jumps, whatever, make sure you bend those knees to absorb the shock. Also, you can get some good gel inserts for your skates...that helps a lot, too.

Good luck, and take care of that back!
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Old October 8th, 2006, 06:42 PM   #3
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My husband just started skating and has had back pain in his sessions too(has to stop and rest it).

What I notice about him is that its a posture issue (I was a LMT ). He tends to hunch over a bit.
My advice is to pay attention to your posture and /or have a friend "spot" you.
Proper abdominal training helps back problems as well. Hold your abs in as you skate, and don't forget to breath. It takes a while to get to use to this, but it does help to protect the lower back
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Old October 8th, 2006, 08:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help, from both of you.

I'll try stretching before and after skating next time. And I'll try to keep my posture correct while skating.

Thanks again.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 02:06 AM   #5
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hunching over is a beginner trait (to prevent yourself from falling backward) that will hopefully go away. Bending your knees to give yourself a lower gravity base will do more for your balance than bending over.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 04:59 PM   #6
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Yes. Bend those knees!

When you start in-lining, a few flips onto your back or side (or wrists breaking your fall) and you start bending forward. Us Guys tend to do this worse than the gals I've noticed.

Its hard to get used to bending those kness as it really works your legs more but hey, we're doing this for fitness right?

Both regular ab work (sit-ups, leg raises, etc.) as well as lower back work (hyperextension or "backward sit-ups") certainly will help!
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 05:48 AM   #7
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be sure to land your jumps straight. I sometimes land sideways doing 360's and it shocks my back.

and yes, bend those knees. Eventually, you'll be able to roll around as comfortably as you stand up.

Can't say the same for some of those tricks, however.

LAND STRAIGHT
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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:49 AM   #8
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My husband just started skating and has had back pain in his sessions too(has to stop and rest it).

What I notice about him is that its a posture issue (I was a LMT ). He tends to hunch over a bit.
My advice is to pay attention to your posture and /or have a friend "spot" you.
Proper abdominal training helps back problems as well. Hold your abs in as you skate, and don't forget to breath. It takes a while to get to use to this, but it does help to protect the lower back
i've heard the same thing about remembering to breath. think about it- when you do any excercise, what your muscles need to metabloize is oxeygen, so don't starve them from this critical component by holding your breath. This goes for your gym strength training excercises too.

For the abslolute best primer on ab worksouts, this is "Abs like Juan" by Alex Bont, from the Bont website: http://www.bont.com/index.htm

If you do even a fraction of these regularly, you shoud see results.
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