Matt Z wrote:
If I lived in a bubble, this might be true. However, for active people involved in a variety of strenuous activities, having a strong core is very important. Neglecting to train this area can greatly increase the risk of injury durring other activities like contact sports, or even everyday tasks like moving boxes and furniture.
I am not saying to neglect the core by any stretch but when training the core for general back health the need for endurance over strength is the key. The phrases 'strong core', 'strengthen the back' etc in back health are not valid.
Don't take things so personally and outright reject others' opinions, thoughts on a topic.
I didnt take anything personal. As for rejecting things outright well you made some pretty broad unsupported statements and offering an alternative normally requires rejecting the other.
Anecdotal evidence? It WORKED FOR ME! IT CONTINUES TO WORK FOR ME. I call that FACT. I would still be laid up and out of sorts had i followed only the "scientific" advice the rehab crew was treating me with. You may be perfectly right in all of your points, assumptions, whatever and i may simply be an exception? I don't know. In any event, i am not a trained professional, will never claim to be, but i will ALWAYS offer advice on topics i have lived/breathed/experienced directly. I can back up what i say because i have done it or it was done to me. It is not something someone has told me about or i just studied in school.
Unfortunately I work in an industry where evidence based practice is the gold standard (if not followed by all) and under that your story is an anecdote. I'm not disputing its factual content just its validity in supporting a general claim. I dont know why it worked for you, although a few things are possible, but Im glad it did. I am also not saying don't offer advice on whatever but you have to expect an alternative view on occasion if you put one forward. My views are not just based on study as you implied but on over 10 years of clinical work, the majority on lower back injury, using evidence based practices. As in all professions there are bad practitioners, maybe you got a couple of wallys, who knows. I guess this all stemmed from your comment that round back lifting is safe and because of the evidence I will never agree with you on that.