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soccer and herniated disc

PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:42 pm
by jennifer
hello,
My name is jennifer and im 23. I have finally got diagnosed with a L5, S1 herniation after two years of back pain. I had siatica but i have recently started strength training and running, and it has gone away somewhat. i play soccer at college but am nervous this year because it hasnt got any better plus i am a goal keeper which throws my body around alot. Doctors have been very confusing to me and i just dont know what to do? can anyone relate? should i not play in fear of rupturing it more? would a cortisone shot help? am i being knieve of the situation by playing?
thanks for listening to my concerns and look forward to your feed back.
Sicerely Jenny

PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:39 pm
by Dean
Hi Jenny,

My general advice would be not to play until after you've completely rebuilt your back. I know that's easier said then done when a team is depending on you to play. However, it's never a good idea to continually aggravate an injury. Better to fully recover and then come back at 100 percent than to risk causing permanent damage.

I don't recommend the cortisone shot. They usually aren't necessary.

Here's are a couple of articles you should read:
Back Pain is Not a Medical Problem
The Truth About Herniated Discs


Dean

Dont Do it!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 12:17 pm
by PeteD
Id have to agree with Dean!!!

Have a season off!!!

Dont see it as bad just see at as something different!!! All you preperation and getting better over the next year will make you an even better in goal next year!

Take good care

PeteD

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:30 pm
by cht103
hi jeniffer. i can totally relate to your situation. from youth, i was also a goalkeeper for my school and club. i was always overweight, maybe this contributed to the back pains i have now at 22 years old. i would recomend you take as long as it takes to restore your back to full fitness. i decided to continue playing and found myself in more difficulties. dont let it happen to you. good luck jeniffer!