I was wondering if you are familiar with players having long-term lower back pains as a result of playing table tennis.
If you do, I’d love to hear your advice on how to tackle and heal that. I’ve been experiencing lower back pains for the first time in my life (I’m 36) and I suspect it may be caused by table tennis movements. It’s been going on for about 4 months now and it’s very frustrating. I can still play, but it compromises my life quality. It’s not severe pain, but it’s a constant nagging one.
Hi Tom, I had a long term back injury when I was younger so understand what it’s like. It’s frustrating for sure, of course if it gets worse you may need to see a physio and get it looked into, but a good thing to do is work on strengthening the hamstrings and glutes with some exercises, this can help take some of the strain off the back. Sometimes in table tennis because we use the quads a lot to squat down low, the hamstrings aren’t as strong and there is an inbalance. Also even stretching out your hamstrings can help as well relieve some of the tension through the back. But take it easy and don’t over do it, you don’t want to make it worse if playing starts to increase pain more.
Hopefully it doesn’t and you can keep training.
Thanks a lot Dan, I’ve taken your advice and started training both muscles. I have a feeling this is a good direction. I’ve been going regularly to the gym for the last 5 years, and since the Corona lockdown, this isn’t possible, so perhaps this muscle group was compromised. Cheers!