The purpose of this foundation is to decrease risk of injury later in the athlete career and “this phase may last two to four years depending on the athletes age and abilities”. Many styles of exercise don’t give this time to build a foundation; they might give 4, 6 or 12 weeks at most.
There could be many reasons for this short time to build a foundation, as most people in the western population will experience lower back pain I believe taking a longer-term approach would be more beneficial. For people who don’t exercise I believe there are some basics they would benefit from.
This pyramid is what I believe fits into the Multilateral Development/General Training. It could be described as the pyramid within the pyramid. It offers people a model to build a solid foundation that will reduce risk of injury in the future. It also offers a means of progression from people who have experienced lower back pain.
There are certain specific things to do if you have experienced lower back pain before you begin with this model of training and I’ll outline these in a later blog. This may not be music to your ears as I’m asking you to change how you exercise, in my experience I have found that people who take a step back from “intense exercise” will benefit in the long term and allow them to do “intense exercise” as they get older. From my observations the people who have yet to build this foundation tend to get more injuries as they get older and end up doing lower intensity exercises and wanting to build a foundation.
2 Underlying basic principles to begin overcoming lower back pain whether you exercise or not:
- Build a foundation
- Take your time