Thread: Lower Back Pain
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11-26-2006, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Slick View Post
I believe this one is the problem. Though I have "chicken legs", I do work them out at the gym and still have the same pain. I really need to get someone to tell me how bad my posture is when playing and go from their, or try and take a more conscious approach to it while playing. I'll be back on the ice next week and go from there.
I think all the major points have been covered but I'd like to elaborate on a few:

1. Skating posture -- Bend your knees, not your back. Your torso should be vertical when you skate. As you skate forward, your front knee bends to almost 90 degrees and your other leg pushes off behind you. Here's a pretty good description of what I mean. Beginning skaters tend to lean forward until they're almost falling forward. Make your legs do most of the work, your abs and back muscles have enough to do keeping you balanced.
2. Hydration -- Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after games. Much of your pain comes from a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. When your muscles burn fuel the residue is lactic acid. If it's not flushed out you feel a burn. Water helps carry nutrients in and carry the lactic acid out.
3. Stretching -- Stretch your back before and after games. Icer mentioned the cobra yoga pose which is great for your abs. Child pose will round and stretch your lower back muscles. Stretching helps in hydrating your muscles and in squeezing out the lactic acid after your game.
4. Keep your shifts short -- It stinks when others get longer skating shifts, but if you start feeling a burn get to the bench and get some water and some rest. As your skating improves and you're in better shape you'll be able to skate longer shifts. Give it time.
5. Exercise -- You'll probably benefit more from aerobic exercise than weight training. Condition your legs through running or cycling. Using a hula hoop is actually a low impact way to improve your back strength and flexibility.

Sorry for the long winded reply, but I know how much back pain can steal from your enjoyment of a good hockey game.

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