Training the Back – Part 2: Science, Philosophy and Practicality

by Stuart McGill |  Date Released : 04 Dec 2006

  • Introduction
  • Training that replicates the cause of the challenge
  • “Drawing in” mythology and misunderstanding
  • Spine Stability – all muscles are important
  • No special stability forces in TVA or other
  • Two schools of thought
  • Fishing rod example – orchestration of muscles and spine
  • Push-up position walkout example
  • Drawing in vs. pushing out
  • Big Belly – stable spine
  • Detriment to focus on TVA or any other specific stabilizer
  • Psycho-social issues vs. mechanical work
  • Psycho-social result of (not cause) of injury
  • Biomechanical load and psycho-social issues
  • Link between what you think and how you activate muscle
  • The effect of smiling on back
  • The “game face” effect
  • Mental toughness vs. those trying to prove they are in pain
  • Conclusion

Stuart McGill

About the author: Stuart McGill

Dr.Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) and the director of the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation.

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