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Bronx2Bama
05-14-2002, 12:56 AM
I have recently become very interested in training for Aikido, but I recently injured myself while training to row this spring. There is still some pain, and I have lost much of my flexibility. Would starting to find a dojo be a bad idea? How much stress is put on the lower back while training. The uke seems to be where I might run into some problems. I really want to start training. Any advice?

Edward
05-14-2002, 01:56 AM
Eventhough aikido involves all kinds of falls, rolls...etc. I am not aware of any back injuries caused by this. The most common injury from ukemi is at the shoulder level.

Anyhow, you can practice aikido at any pace that is comfortable for you, and it is not uncommon for us to practice even when we are seriously injured.

Obviously telling the teacher about the injury is essential as well as taking some basic precautions. There should be no problem, I guess.

As for the stress on the lower back, it seems to me that at the countrary, tori has more stress in this area for some throwing techniques.

Kat.C
05-14-2002, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by Bronx2Bama
I have recently become very interested in training for Aikido, but I recently injured myself while training to row this spring. There is still some pain, and I have lost much of my flexibility. Would starting to find a dojo be a bad idea? How much stress is put on the lower back while training. The uke seems to be where I might run into some problems. I really want to start training. Any advice?

Talk to a Doctor about your back before starting aikido. Also when you visit a dojo talk to the sensei about your back,especially after you know what is wrong with it, he should have an idea if aikido will make it worse or not. Having said that I just went to practice last night after having hurt my back last week (trying to get an uncooperative three year old out of the car) but I think it was just a pulled muscle. Anyways training didn't aggravate it at all, the pain was gone, except for when I rolled wrong on one side, so I just rolled on the other instead.
Hope this helps.

Liz Baron
05-15-2002, 01:33 AM
I must agree with Kat. Talk to your Doctor about your injury, and highlight the kind of exercises that Aikido has. I have a lower back injury which I have carried for a long time. It can affect quite a lot of my movement, especially lifting, which is what caused it in the first place. One of the bonuses I found with Aikido (and a reason I started) was that the warm up exercises matched well with the physical therapy regime I'm supposed to do every day for my back.

In general, Aikido has been kind to me, but there are some things that give me problems: When I was introduced to koshi nage my sensei took me to one side and personally walked me through the technique to see if it presented any problems, which it did. Until I'm stronger, I just have to accept that there are some things I won't be able to do!

Ordinary rolls seem to be ok for me, but so far I'm wary of some of the more energetic ukemi... just a matter of time I guess!

Liz

SeiserL
05-15-2002, 01:14 PM
IMHO, get a good MRI aaand X-ray done on your back to get the proper orthopedic diagnosis. Do a web search for physical therapy sites and do the lumbar stabilization exercises. Find a good dojo and watch them train. When starting always warm up first and sty relaxed when learning to fall.

Many of us (I have four disk bulges in the lumbar area that actually had begun to pinch the spin off) have bad backs and still train.

Good luck. Welcome to origami with people and learning to blend and become one with the mat.

Until again,

Lynn (51)
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