Student Athlete. Lumbar Stress Fractures. Help me hack my back! PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!

edited June 2017 in Athletic Performance

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!


  • increase your core strength to help support your spine - planks, hanging leg raises, etc will all help

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  • Do you have access to any normative data on your population for what constitutes appropriate core strength? ie. fitness testing for 22 year old male cricket bowlers?

    There's a number of factors at play here (genetics, psycho social aspects and so on) but this could be a good place to start. It's not good enough to claim arbitrarily that the athlete has "good core strength". You've got to examine where you stack up against the elite bowlers in your demographic.

    There is plenty of good research on the topic, so if you can't find anything let me know and maybe I can dig something up. Cheers!

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  • i would examine the monotonic movement patterns of your sport and espacially your position.
    I think you could figure out yourself (because your studying sport science) wich muscles are doing the most work in your sport. Look for the antagonists and train them.

    often the root of the problem start's in some other place ( kinetic chain)

    for example : you got a flat foot -> because of the flat foot, you get knee issues -> it could lead to hip imbalance -> could lead to lower back pain -> could lead to neck problems.

    try to find the root of the problem !

    eat some things that are anti inflammatory every day -> omega 3's, curcumin + black pepper

    get the best out of you, physically and mentally:

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