NFL Trainers: Strong Abs Won’t Prevent Back Injuries

In addition to the desire for those coveted washboard abs, many of you are doing crunches under the mistaken belief that strong abs will help prevent back injuries. This simply isn’t the case. This information emanates from trainers across the NFL who have begun to realize that the old belief that strong abs protect against back injury is really just a myth. The myth dates back to a study conducted in Australia around a decade ago which suggested a correlation between people with no back pain and the development of their abs.

Professional athletes and amateur trainers around the globe immediately took this as gospel and began to emphasize crunches and other routines aimed at developing and defining their abs. Most figured that if a salient benefit derived from crunches is a pain-free back, then they should be pushed towards the top of any workout routine. However, since this study was done, NFL trainers have definitively seen that back injuries come despite the amount of abs training the given player had previously executed.

Experts have further quantified that sit-ups are absolutely useless when it comes to having a less injury-prone back. The top trainers now recommend an abs routine which mimics the real world. Training with movements that are typically seen on the football field or basketball court are far more apt to yield development of your abs along with potential benefits to your back. Rote exercises like crunches will not do the trick.

For those still intent on having their own “Situation”, the true trick relates to what you eat. The first requirement is that you begin to taper carbs right after having breakfast. Include sufficient complex carbs within your breakfast to start your day. This can include foods like oatmeal. Further food consumption during the day should be comprised of descending carb content. This ensures that your body is not carb-laden when you go to sleep — which can result in a conversion to fat.

The next tip is to eat very small meals with greater frequency. Try to convert your normal 3 regular meals into 5 smaller sized meals spaced evenly throughout the day. The result will be an increased metabolism level along with ensuring that your body receives its allotment of fuel when needed — as opposed to intake which sits idle inevitably converting to fat.

Stay way from processed foods and refined sugars. Those with the most defined abs usually have one thing in common — a high consumption of vegetables. Eating large amounts of veggies gives you the energy that you need without sending your sugar levels through the roof resulting in residual fat. Washboard abs have no room even for the smallest amount of excess fat.

To compliment your high vegetable intake, turn to fruits for energy. Fruit intake containing approximately a hundred calories is sufficient to get you through your workout, and this amount of calories is sure to be burnt off during your training. After your workout is complete, consumption of another 100 calories of fruit will restore your energy to pre-workout levels. Ensure you stick to this one hundred calorie limit because any more than that risks turning into that dreaded fat.

Strong abs are obviously desirable for their own sake, but don’t think that they will provide for a magic bullet against back injuries. Back pain largely still remains a mystery to science, and it can arrive through genetic or lifestyle causes. Hopefully the above tips can help you pursue strong abs, and they prevent you from relying upon so-called “common knowledge” which has turned out to be yet another training myth.

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