Lower Back Pain
An inefficient set up position to smash caused by poor footwork will increase the risk of lower back pain. Good ankle and hip stability will greatly decrease the occurrence of pain in the lower back when doing repetitive explosive lunging and jumping movements.
What can you do?
Stretch or use a massage ball/foam roller on the hips, lower back and hamstrings where possible.
Reduce training drills during practice. X rays may be needed if muscle spasms become more frequent especially in adolescent teens.
What can Myphysio do?
Do graduated myofascial releases to reduce discomfort instead of aggressive massage which may aggravate pain in the lower back and legs.
Check the spine for possible scoliosis or muscle imbalances.
Check for motion deficits that may add to the compensations in the lower back
Understanding basic core stability principals (see Core Alpha: Spine) with greater use of the trunk, core, legs produce a consistent, smooth and powerful smash.
Improve spinal mobility/strength to improve rotating when jumping.