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Preventing Lumbar Injuries in Rotational Striking Athletes

Gillies, Aaron MS, CSCS1; Dorgo, Sandor PhD, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 55–62
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31828c276d
Article

ABSTRACT: LUMBAR INJURIES AMONG ATHLETES IN ROTATIONAL STRIKING SPORTS (I.E., GOLF, BASEBALL, TENNIS, AND HOCKEY) ARE GREATER THAN IN NONROTATIONAL SPORTS. PREVENTING THESE INJURIES IS A MATTER OF UNDERSTANDING LUMBAR ROTATIONAL FORCES AND PROPER EXERCISE PROGRAMMING. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES INSIGHTS INTO WHY LUMBAR INJURIES ARE SO PREVALENT IN ROTATIONAL SPORTS AS WELL AS GENERAL EXERCISE PROGRAMMING SUGGESTIONS FOR ATHLETES IN ROTATIONAL SPORTS.

1Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy, Bakersfield, California;

2Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Aaron Gillies is the director of posttherapy fitness at Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy and is an adjunct faculty member at Cal State University, Bakersfield, CA.

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Sandor Dorgo is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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