Back pain is a limiting concern. It affects our lives and our hobbies. Moreover, it becomes annoying when it restricts us in our passion: paddleboarding.
We went over two main mistakes that you can easily make when you’re on the water that will cause back pain.
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Those mistakes involve small technical changes to release your back from wrong loads.
Changing your technique is not an easy deal. You need to deconstruct your habit in order to create a new one, with different timing and coordination.
Even if this makes sense to us, and we understand it correctly, we need to change our brain’s control of these movements to get the result.
To do that, we need a proper progression of stimuli which brings us toward a new way of movement.
That’s why, if you follow the exercises I’ve shown you, you will see your technique changing day by day.
That was what Alex did two years ago.
I was first introduced to Alex by another athlete I was working with. He lived in a town not far from my own and came to me with some concerns about his back.
He was deeply committed to competing in an amateur league for the previous two years but felt limited by his back pain.
As a sporty guy, he was used to training and with the right attitude.
He was deeply committed but also limited by his back pain.
There wasn’t any main issue about it, like a hernia or bulging, but he referred to a constant lower back pain during and after his water sessions.
Here is what he answered to my entry questionnaire:
“I don’t have a proper training system. I’m spending as many hours as I can on the water pushing, but the only result is to feel to wear out myself and get tired.”
“I feel lower back pain and probably sciatica. I feel like there is an overload when I paddle and like my way to do it is inadequate and neglected.”
As I’m used to, I started evaluating his technique with slow motion videos as well as a full analysis of his flexibility, strength and muscle activation.
The result was clear.
Alex was paddling with too heavy use of his back (the first mistake we’ve seen), and he wasn’t able to use his legs as he should have been (the second mistake).
He showed a lot of strength in his torso but reduced flexibility in his back-muscle chain, as well as his shoulders.
I gave him two different training routines: one program with onboard exercises oriented to reduce the action of his back and to improve the use of his legs; and the other program with gym-based exercises aiming to improve his flexibility and better translate his strength into a paddling-oriented power.
He was a perfect athlete as he followed all the routines with great effort.
I also gave him a week-long schedule to plan each training session in order to get the right stimulus at the right time, with the proper rest as well.
The back pain started to decrease within three weeks, while his flexibility increased.
For him, the effort of paddling decreased while the back pain he used to experience after each training session disappeared.
This allowed us to change the stimuli and improve his technique and physical fitness.
After a few months, Alex started to see great results in his competitions, and the new training method pushed him to go a step farther; he started the new year competing in the 14’ pro class paddleboarding.
Right now, Alex is still competing in the 14′ class, and I’m still working with him, programming his training and trying to get the best out of his great efforts.
It is a significant payback for me, and that’s why I’m so committed to sharing with you my programs.
Keep pushing Alex!
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