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Old 06-02-2010, 12:16 AM   #14
Walter Martindale
Location: Edmonton, AB
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 765
Re: Back injury and starting aikido?

All depends on the nature of your back injury. I'd suggest either the Canadian Back Institute or "National Spine Centre" - the NSC on 14th street NW in Calgary specialises in basket-case backs. They do surgery as a last resort, even though the place is owned and operated by surgeons. I'd suggest a good friend of mine who has been a physio at both of the above clinics, but he's on his way to a job in Victoria BC.

(of course, you don't say where in Alberta you live - Edmonton has a CBI, too)

My back has been a mess at various times since 1969. I've practiced judo from 1972-1980, competitive rowing from 1980 - 1983, and aikido from 1993 to the present. The physios I've seen have said that my back improved greatly after I started Aikido, BUT My back injury is not your partner's back injury, and you need to stretch, strengthen, and make sure your back is going to take even the warm-ups before getting thrown around... If your partner's discs have bulged, it may just be a matter of waiting, but CBI and NSC have both sent people back to work without surgery, but after a LONG period of rehabilitative exercise...

One piece of advice, though - Stuart McGill

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