Here is a great video from Stuart McGill. Those of you that have read the blog over the last two years will note that I’m a huge Stuart McGill advocate and believe in his spine principles wholeheartedly. In this video he goes over some of the common myths associated with the back and training.
Myth #2 may be my favorite. This is one of the worst problems I see in sports. When an athlete has a tight back, or possibly injures his back the first thing many physical therapist, or athletic trainers want to prescribe is “we need to stretch it.” There’s always an underlying cause to why an injury occurs. Generally in the low back its the hips that are giving us the real trouble. The lumbar spine will always compensate for movement limitations, and/or activation issues about the hips and thoracic spine. I cringe when I hear people advocating stretches for the back and spine when their is an injury.