Student Athlete. Lumbar Stress Fractures. Help me hack my back! PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!
Hi everyone. I'm kinda new to this whole forum discussion thing, so bear with me please!
I am a student athlete.
I'm a fast bowler in the sport of cricket.
I am 22 years old and I have been struggling with chronic lumbar stress fractures since the age of 15. This is a common injury amongst fast bowlers, however it is a rather serious one.
It has really caused me a lot of trouble over the last couple of years. I have taken extensive breaks from the sport over the last couple of years and undergone many periods of long, tedious rehabiltation, but I just can't seem to shake it. I have built up a strong physique and solid core, as it is key in preventing these type of lower back injuries. Despite this, I can't bowl, because it causes me too much pain. It breaks me.
I have seen specialist after specialist and they all tell me the same thing: Extensive Rest and Rehab, along with Progressive Core Training. Every time I follow these instructions and every time I get back to the sport, I feel great! Fit, strong and bowling fast. However, it never lasts long, before I break down again.
I am in love with the sport and my dream is to play professionally. I think I can make it happen, but I need to get over this injury hurdle.
I am a Sport Science student at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. I recently started following Dave Asprey and his Bulletproof lifestyle and it has done wonders for my academic career. So I thought I would come here, in search of new, alternative, outside the box ideas and approaches to dealing with my sporting injury issues.
The people here are brilliant and I'm hoping there's someone out there who can help me in my recovery journey.
So please..... Help me hack my back!