Fencing can drive pain into your lower back

Back pain can crop up in several sports where the participants aren't prepared for it. Many people probably don't think about the role the lower back plays in fencing, for example. Since so much of what we see involves moving outward, you can miss the importance of back strength to this elegant activity. The lower back is in use here, though, and can be vulnerable without the proper steps.

Because of the intense movements involved in fencing, sparring partners need to remember their posture and take the right measures. Livestrong advised fencers to brace themselves by "engaging lower back muscles and tightening them," based on advice from Elaine Cheris. This is especially important due to the way fencers "bounce" during practice, which should ideally involve the balls of the feet as well as the lower back.

Another vital part of fencing health is core strength. Any task that requires balance can demand a strong core as well. Even though an athlete may know this instinctively, they may still have to focus on the core to develop strength they may be missing otherwise. With this, the fencer will have an easier time taking the right positions, an essential element of proper fencing which determines so much of what they can do.

An injury prevention guide from Boston Children's Hospital listed some of the common injuries that can come from fencing. These include pulled muscles, overexertion and sprains, as well as punctures from a broken blade, although this is rare.

If your fencing is impacting your back health, get a proper solution from a chiropractor. Professionals will help you trace the pain to the source and avoid misclassifying something which could have a long-lasting effect.