I have a few questions but they don't all belong in this group. My most important question is: Do you think tennis, beachvolleyball and snowboarding are bad for your back? In my case, are they going to make my disc problems worse if I practice them 1 or 2 times per week?
I am 31 years old and I used to do a lot of sports: football, tennis, beachvolleyball, snowboarding, surfing, ... When I was 28 my back pain got worse and in about 3 months I quit all of these sports. I didn't get a lot of pain while doing them, but I got a lot of pain in the next days with a peak on the 3rd day. The pain never subsided completely and it took me a while to discover what was causing my problems: SI joint, hips, gluteus, piriformis, discs, ... ? It took me 1,5 years to find some techniques that relieved my pain a lot. Now that I know how to relief my pain, thanks to for example McKenzie, Egoscue and especially the Gokhale method.
Now that I have less pain and I feel fitter, I am wondering if I could start all of these sports again. I would try to build it up gradually, like do 2 sports per week, and after a few months then try to do 2 or 3 per week. The only thing that keeps me in doubt is whether these are healthy for a person with back pain? It's not like swimming, cycling, ... It's bending and twisting: Tennis serve, snowboard stance is always a bit rotated, surfing trains your back muscles but might shorten them because you are in that (over)extended position when paddling on your board, smashing in beachvolleyball, ...
I asked my PT and he told me to listen to my body, an answer I could expect off course. I would just like to know whether I would make my disc problems much worse by, for example, practicing 1 of these sports twice a week.
Another question I have is this one: Should you use the Gokhale principles also when practicing sports? Like the anteverted pelvis in snowboarding, is that always possible ? I uploaded some pictures to know if you think this is possible? Can you always snowboard with a straight back? And can you play beachvolleyball using the Gokhale method? Any advice or tips about this?
Other things I am very curious about is which pillow most teachers use for sleeping, especially side sleeping. And maybe what foods you try to eat a lot to get/protect a healthy spine.
Thank you in advance and have a great day!