In the way of scientific research, countering information questions the validity of back belts. Although, these bodybuilding aids are used to prevent injury, certain physical fitness experts deem back belts as the contributing cause of back injury. In an effort to demystify the controversy of weight lifting with a back belt, the following data is been compiled.
11-Facts on Back Belts
• Back belts were designed to prevent back injuries by limiting muscle activity and the range of motion.
• Previous suffers of back pain are more apt to strap on a back belt
• Back belts are restricted in the effects of ensuring bodybuilders to use the appropriate form to lift
• Commonly, back belts offer little support when they are not worn correctly
• Trained athletes use back belts for different purposes than occupational workers.
• Bodybuilders or athletes use back belts to pick-up loads that far exceed the weight their body was designed to lift.
• Occupational workers wear back belts to prevent aggravating a previous back injury to stabilize the spine and maximize intra-abdominal pressure (IAP).
• When intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) is increased it compensates for weighty loads. The concept of increasing the IAP is the controversial issue behind the use of back belts.
• Increasing to compensate for a heavy load is Some research suggests that increasing IAP may apply internal pressure to the spine to stabilize it on the front side.
• For a trained athlete the ability to apply force from the stomach wall onto the leather belt may improve the IAP, making it an asset to lifting Olympic-sized loads.
Prior to starting a weight lifting program or using a back belt, exercisers should seek the medical approval from a licensed physician.