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Old 01-29-2009, 06:39 AM   #1
George Demetriou
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Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

In the link below, from T-Nation.com, the author states that tire flipping will cause back damage to a great percentage of the people performing them. Above this statement is a picture of a CrossFit affiliate. Has anyone experienced a back problem solely from tire flipping? Does anyone know of an athlete being injured as a result of tire flipping?

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:44 AM   #2
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

The author doesn't say flipping tires is bad, I read it as he says that the picture is a bad example of how to do it. And I have to agree, but what we don't know is that how they flipped it or were they just getting ready and in the next shot they were nice and low etc.

I've never felt anything in my back from flipping tires, I do however end up with a nice collection of scrapes and bruises on the chest and arms from flipping them.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:11 AM   #3
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

Thanks Jason!

I realize he was referring to poor application, but he also makes the following statement:
"Even if you have the hip mobility to get low enough to maintain a neutral spine an ability that eludes 90 percent of serious lifters, I'd estimate this exercise still puts a serious amount of stress on your lower back."

This statement is actually what lead to my question.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

If you round your back (lumbar spine)... you can expect a back injury. Either now or later.. maybe years.. if your body is pretty resilient.

Almost no exercises are inherently bad. Doing them with improper form makes them bad.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:19 AM   #5
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

I like Diesel Crew's technique for tire flipping.

http://www.dieselcrew.com/strongman-...ing-technique/

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

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I like Diesel Crew's technique for tire flipping.

http://www.dieselcrew.com/strongman-...ing-technique/

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Diesel Crew are a great group of lifters, I've met a bunch of them.

Key point is- don't deadlift the tire.
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:39 AM   #7
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

that video is pretty helpful.

that was basically the key points that I was taught by my strongman coach: Chris Lawyer. ( www.rivercitystrongman.com ) WFS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC-U1...e=channel_page

that's me in a medley when I first started. The tire's about 650lbs, I am at all time heavy of about 174lbs. it's WFS!!! Unless juvenile 'that what she said' offends you.

just the tire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcsnm...e=channel_page

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Old 01-30-2009, 08:03 AM   #8
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Re: Any experience with tire flipping causing back injuries?

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I like Diesel Crew's technique for tire flipping.

http://www.dieselcrew.com/strongman-...ing-technique/

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Absolutely. If you want to get low and work on keeping a straight back while pulling something heavy off the ground, do raised DLs (where you're raised relative to the bar). Tire flipping is at it's best when it's a wholly different exercise.
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