Summer is officially here meaning Summer sports are in season. This week’s blog discusses five sports that cause-back-pain are known to cause back pain, so that you can protect your spine when participating in your summertime activities!

1. Football
All contact sports are rough on the body, but football is especially rough. Even as a spectator, my body starts to hurt after seeing someone take a big hit. One common back injury football players are plagued with is called a stinger “a sports related injury to the nerves around the neck or shoulders.”

2. Running
Running is a well-known perpetrator of back pain. Its repetitive and high impact nature will often lead to, or worsen back injuries. Why is this? Your spinal discs are your body’s shock absorbers. Similar to the shocks on a bike or car, they are susceptible to wear and tear especially, if used often and for long durations. One common type of back pain runners experience is sciatica — a shooting pain that radiates from the back into the legs. Those experiencing back pain should consult a health care professional before running to ensure the action will not aggravate the problem.

3. Golf
Though golf is one of the most relaxing sports out there, it too can contribute to back pain. The repetitive, twisting motions needed to drive the ball can easily injure someone’s spine. Not to mention it can also result in tendonitis, which you can learn more about here.

4. Tennis
Similar to golf, tennis can also have detrimental effects to the spine. Swinging the racket over and over again while lunging at the ball can lead to injuries, particularly when form is off!

5. Gymnastics
Before jumping on the trampoline with your kids or challenging them to a cartwheel competition, stop and check in with your back. The twisting and hyperextension of the spine required for gymnastic exercises can cause significant back problems. Two common back injuries gymnasts experience: Spondylolysis (a stress fracture to a vertebrae) and spondylolisthesis (where one vertebrae slides over the vertebrae below it).

How to Keep Your Back Safe While Playing Sports

1. Learn proper form. Whether you are a linebacker, avid runner, or tennis pro – invest in learning the proper techniques. This will reduce your risk of injuring yourself and someone else.
2. See a chiropractor. A chiropractor is trained to detect and correct misalignments of the spine, which are oftentimes the cause of your back pain. If you participate in any of these sports consider booking a spinal check up. You can book one here.
3. Invest in the proper gear and equipment. If you’re a runner, invest in a good quality pair of running shoes. If you’re a football player, wear the proper equipment. The proper equipment is meant to protect you from injury.

What is your favourite Summer sport? Leave a comment below and feel free to share this blog with your family and friends.