Returning to your favourite sport or fitness activity post baby (or babies!) is often a complex task for a few reasons:
Why do women often get back pain when they return to sport or exercise?
There could be a number of reasons, including:
So what is the biggest problem we see in mummies who are returning to sport or exercise?
The biggest issue I see is probably returning to high impact sport too soon/too quickly or weakness of abdominal wall and core control = two very big factors in injury risk for mums! Both of these tend to be key factors in the incidence of back pain in mums who have gone back to training!
What kind of things are we screening for if someone comes to us wanting to return to sport or exercise after having a baby?
Thorough history is always the first thing I do - what your fitness and sporting activities were like pre-babies, any previous injuries and how your body coped during pregnancy. Then I'll look at your goals - what exercise or sport you'd like to get into, what challenges you want to set for yourself and then we'll discuss realistic timelines for achieving these!
Part of the screening process is ascertaining information about your pelvic floor, your core control and pelvic control, your posture, your muscle strength and lower limb or upper limb control (or both depending on the sports you're wanting to get back into!) - there's a lot to look at and they are all very important components of safe return to exercise.
What can you do to prevent back pain
The most common question! The answer is: it depends. It depends on the sport, on your pregnancy(ies), your recovery, your goals! This is why working with a Physiotherapist is so important - we can screen for the factors that often cause delays in return to sport and we can help facilitate strong returns!
What are the key takeaway messages about returning to sport or exercise after having had a baby?
FOR THOSE WANTING TO RETURN TO TRAINING/ EXERCISE AFTER HAVING A BABY...
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