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Take Five: Avoid These Exercise Injuries

Posted May 01 2013 8:00am
Blame the squat for your back pain or the lunge for your knee ache. If you exercise, odd are you have experienced some kind gym injury. Sadly, most people play the blame game and never find out the real cause for their injury. Or they simple cross off the “bad” exercise from their workout list. A gym injury has many blamers, from your own fitness level, age, and anatomy, to technique, exercise choice and order, and equipment. While this list can be long there are some common mistakes that most people make that lead to injury, and can be easily prevented by taking some measurements. Here are five to watch:   1. Injury: Herniated or bulge disk back from rounding your back when doing deadlift, squat or back  row When performing lifts that can potentially cause serious injury to the low back, it is essential to maintain the back in a flat (i.e. neutral spine position) or slightly arched position. Failure to do so will place considerable pressure on the intervertebral discs, particularly the disc between L4 and L5, and L5 and S1. Fix It: Obviously, you should first check that you have a flat or slightly arched back. But muscles [...]
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