Study Discovers How to Prevent Back Pain in Runners

runnersA new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center researched what may cause chronic back pain in runners and how to prevent it.

The study suggests that runners with weak deep core muscles are at higher risk of developing low back pain. Researchers used motion detection technology and force-measuring floor plates to estimate muscle movements during activity.

“We measured the dimensions of runners’ bodies and how they moved to create a computer model that’s specific to that person. That allows us to examine how every bone moves and how much pressure is put on each joint,” said Ajit Chaudhari, associate professor of physical therapy and biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, who led the study. “We can then use that simulation to virtually ‘turn off’ certain muscles and observe how the rest of the body compensates.”

They found that weak deep core muscles force more superficial muscles like the abs to work harder and reach fatigue faster.

Also they concluded that exercises such as planks that focus on stabilizing the core, especially on unstable surfaces, are what’s really going to make you a better runner.