Roman Chair Back Extension Is/Is Not a Safe and Effective Exercise?

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Abstract

THE ROMAN CHAIR BACK EXTENSION EXERCISE IS PERFORMED WITH THE INTENT OF IMPROVING HIP AND SPINAL EXTENSOR MUSCLE PERFORMANCE. DESPITE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE AFOREMENTIONED BENEFITS, PERFORMANCE OF THIS EXERCISE MAY INCREASE THE RISK FOR LOW BACK PAIN AMONG CERTAIN POPULATION SUBGROUPS. ALTHOUGH A CLEAR VERDICT ON THE RISK-TO-BENEFIT RATIO REMAINS ELUSIVE, A DISCUSSION OF AVAILABLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE (OR LACK THEREOF) SHOULD PROVIDE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS WITH INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR DECISION MAKING. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. VISIT NSCA-SCJ.COM TO WEIGH IN ON THE POINT/COUNTERPOINT QUICK POLL.

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