Today, I have a real quick interview that I did for you at a recent fitness conference, where a local fitness professional interviewed me. She asked if I have some tips for tennis players who have back pain.
With the summer coming to an end, I thought it might be of some benefit to you.
Now, enjoy the interview and we will talk to you soon.
CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video interview.
Robin Robertson: Hi, I’m Robin Robertson from the Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness. With me is my friend, Rick Kaselj, who is about to launch a product named Fix My Back Pain. I know a lot of tennis players have lower and upper back pain. Now, why don’t you tell me just a little bit about the product?
Rick Kaselj: I just want to step back a little before I talk about the product. I will give you one thing that you can do right now as a tennis player to help your back pain. The number one thing that I would recommend is almost not even looking at the back and just going down and looking at the hips. Oftentimes, when we are sitting and doing computer work or doing phone stuff we get stiff in the hips and the back. Since we lack movements in those areas, we get more stress on the back.
A lot of times, the back is the weakest of those two areas, simply based upon how the bones are designed. We can loosen up the hips by improving the tissue quality. We can do this through foam rolling or massage. This will improve the tissue quality so the tissue moves better. The third is improving mobility, or how things are moving in that joint. Work the joint through the full range of motion, like doing squats. Do the exercises that help promote mobility in the hip.
Take some time to work on the stretching, improving the tissue quality through foam rolling, and mobility work to loosen up that hip on all 3 planes of movement, in order to help your back. These are the things I’ve noticed with people doing rotational sports like tennis.
Robin Robertson: How do you feel about warm-ups? When tennis players come in, they are ready to play inside the tennis court.
Rick Kaselj: I think a warm-up is important for a number of reasons. Doing a warm-up can shift your mind from what you were doing before; it could have been work or family. One thing that leads you to injury is poor movement patterns. If your mind is thinking about a variety of things, you can’t move properly.
Doing warm-ups also fires the stabilizing muscles. If you are sitting or driving a lot, those muscles that stabilize the shoulder, the back, and the hip are not really working. If you do a warm-up, you wake them up. The last thing about warm up is what you often do will dynamically stretch the tissue. Stiffness increases your risk of injury. People who are stiffer compared to people who have better movement are more likely to get injuries. If you are doing warm-ups, you are increasing the movement in the shoulder, hip, or back without stretching the tissue.
Robin Robertson: Fabulous! And your product, Fix My Back Pain, tell me what kind of things people can expect.
Rick Kaselj: Fix My Back Pain is a program to help people get back to pain-free workouts. It is for people who are active and who are looking for ways to help their back and get active again. The program will show you the things you can simply do at home with very little equipment that will get you back to working out pain-free.
One mistake I see with people is that they focus on stretching, but that is just one component. We need to step back and set the stage for healing and moving your painful back to a pain-free back. I break it down into 3 components.
- Component 1 is reshaping the inside of your back to be pain-free.
- Component 2 is reshaping from the outside.
- Component 3 is layering on the injury-specific exercises.
Depending on what type of back pain you have, there is a certain set of exercises that you need to focus on. The program is all video-based with 5-10 minute videos. I am going to take you through figuring out what your pain is and what you should focus on.
Robin Robertson: That sounds pretty doable. So click the link! It is right down below and you can check out Rick’s product.
Rick Kaselj: Thank you!
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