Many have a bout of back pain, then think no more of it. Often you get a second bout! In some cases it turns into chronic long lasting pain that has you demanding pointless MRI’s and screaming for painkillers like an addict.
This could be your opportunity to live the rest of your life back pain free. Whilst the isometric flexion tests is only one of many tests, it’s a very useful one. Hook your feet under an object ( or get someone to hold them down) and sit up to 45 degrees with your arms crossed across your chest. Ideally your back is held in a “neutral spinal position”.
Time how long you can hold this position?
The standards are these: men need to be able to hold this position for 136 seconds, women 134 seconds. Less is a substantial risk factor for future back pain.
If you thought your core was great because you can do lots of “functional fitness” sit ups and weird crunches, but you fail this test, you need to add soem very specific training to your regime asap.
Incase its news to you, your core needs to be able to isometrically contract all day long to support your spine! This test is a very good indicator if you are preparing for that Functional task.
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