Professor Stuart McGill has authored over 300 scientific publications that address the issues of lumbar function, low back injury mechanisms, investigation of the mechanisms involved in rehabilitation programmes, injury avoidance strategies, and performance training of the back. He is a consultant to many medical management groups, elite sports teams and athletes, governments, corporations and legal firms. He is also referred challenging back pained patients and athletes from around the world. His personal website is www.backfitpro.com
Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance (6th Edition-2017)
Get the latest scientific evidence on back exercise - what helps and what hurts, and why.
Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance provides the evidence base to design and prescribe the most appropriate exercise programs for the back. Professor McGill's unique approach is based upon years of scientific research into back function of injured people through to elite athletes. His expertise is sought by governments, corporations, professional sports teams and athletes worldwide. A complete description of a 5 stage program is provided.
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Examples are provided for each stage within a back pain rehabilitation program together with performance enhancement programs for athletes. Beginning with recognizing and re-patterning perturbed motor programs and progressing to the enhancement of stability/mobility, then endurance, the final stages continue with strength, power and agility training. Each step is well illustrated and instructive. Added to this are general approaches to assess the demands of individual activities and sports and how to identify the critical components that need specific focus in an individual's back. Dr McGill's style makes for an easy read of this thorough and rich resource.
If you just want pictures of exercises, get another book. If you want to know WHY, HOW and WHEN specific exercises work and how to design a logical progression, then this is the book for you
Be prepared for a new approach. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance is a myth buster!
Transition training guidelines are described and the concept of “superstiffness” is introduced with new exercises based on his recent studies. Tips to employ this effective principle are also described with examples – eliminate energy leaks, conquer sticking points, enhance speed and achieve ultimate performance. Practical sections include the "squat clinic". Typical of Dr McGill's writings, the guidance is evidence-based.
Note - This book is intended to assist in the design of a wider spectrum of the best exercise progression to enhance back fitness in the safest way. It was written for savvy lay people and professionals alike.
Back Mechanic: The Step-by-step McGill Method to fix back pain
In an age where a seemingly endless amount of gimmicky back products are in circulation, a definitive guide to self-assessment and rehabilitation is more essential than ever. Back Mechanic guides you through a self-assessment of your pain triggers, then shows you how to avoid these roadblocks to recovery. Then effective exercises are coached in a step by step progressive plan. Spine expert, Prof. McGill used his 30 years of research findings and clinical investigations to create this evidence-based guide that has helped thousands reclaim their lives. This knowledge is now available to you in this richly illustrated book. You will become your own best Back Mechanic and advocate.
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Section 1: “Why me?” Understanding your pain
Back to basics: Getting to know your back and causes of pain
Is surgery for you?: The essential list
The Code: Rules and guidelines for back health
Section 2: Self assessment: Finding the cause of your back pain
Use the McGill approach to find your pain trigger
Section 3: The repair job: Using the right tools to make activity pain-free
Removing the cause of pain: Learning basic movement tools
Spine hygiene: moving without pain
Building a resilient back: The non-negotiable “Big 3” exercises
The walking program: Nature’s back balm
The core program
Restoring the hips
Section 4: Tuning the machine for best performance
Next level training: Regaining your active lifestyle
Special exercises for sciatica, kyphosis, scoliosis, stenosis, the overweight and others
Solutions that solve back pain: Case studies and sample programs
Q and A with the Professor: Sex, selecting a mattress, and other things you were afraid to ask
Appendix: Exercise Logs
Pain and activity ability
Gift of Injury: The strength athlete’s guide to recovering from back injury to winning again
This book is about healing injury in the athletes back and then building resilience to compete once again. Anyone who trains will enhance their injury resilience and performance employing these principles proven over and over with athletes.
In the highly competitive world of strength athletics, a back injury is seen by many as the ultimate career-ender. In truth, if handled properly, it is far from a death sentence. Follow the journey of international powerlifting champion Brian Carroll, who can attest to this first hand. This remarkable athlete went from 1100 lb squats and 800 lb deadlifts to unending pain and disability after a massive spinal compression injury. After a fortuitous meeting with leading back expert Professor Stuart McGill, he reset his training and his life to fight his way back to the top of the winner’s podium.
Glean expertise from McGill and Carroll, both masters in their field, and learn how to orchestrate your own triumphant comeback. Whether you are a former champion yourself who has fallen on hard times, or someone starting a new foray into the world of strength training who wants to avoid injury and maximize training, the wisdom found within these pages is sure to take your resilience and lifts to the next level.
Over 200 full colour, rich illustrations demonstrate technique.
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Forward by Bill Kazmaier, 3 time World’s Strongest Man:
“I implore any strength athlete, whether they are injured and at their wit’s end, or healthy and striving to achieve their best with longevity, to read this book. The wisdom in these pages has helped me and Brian Carroll, and it will help you.”
From Blaine Sumner, “Champion of Champions” IPF world record holder and highest Wilks score in powerlifting history:
“Before understanding Dr. McGill’s work, I thought my back injury meant the end of my lifting career. Since absorbing all of his knowledge and applying the lessons in this book to my daily life, my career has been restored. I am stronger than ever – and taking my back health to new heights.”