We consider sport-specific back pain as back pain that is caused by the repetitive motions and demands of a particular sport. Certain sports, such as golf, tennis, and gymnastics, can put a lot of stress on the back and can lead to pain and injury. It is important to analyze the specific movement patterns and demands of the sport to identify potential risk factors for back pain. For example, golfers may experience back pain as a result of the repetitive rotation in the swing and issues with force absorption, and tennis players may experience pain as a result of the repetitive reaching and extending.
To address sport-specific back pain, we tend to focus on improving hip range of motion and mid-back rotation. This can be achieved through exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening the muscles around the hips and spine. Improving hip range of motion can help to reduce the load on the lower back and improve the efficiency of movement. Improving mid-back rotation can help to reduce stress on the spine and improve the ability to rotate during sport-specific movements. Additionally, addressing muscle imbalances and correcting any movement compensations can help to reduce the risk of injury and improve overall performance.