Strengthening the Core - Does it really help?
I am 1 month out from my 2nd L4/L5 discectomy & laminotomy (herniated disc). I was told that strengthening my core would help with reducing future injuries.
I had my first discectomy in November 2011. I took it really slow, building back up. Eventually (after 4 months) i was back in the gym (crossfit) doing light weight and ignoring high impact/oly lifts.
I started going heavier and was doing fine. But I had a small pain in my back so I stopped. After a couple weeks I decided to forgo Crossfit and restart my BJJ classes. After the first one, I had ruptured the same disc.
I have a couple questions to anyone who knows about this type of injury:
1) Does strengthening your core really help?
2) How much does weight play into this type of injury? I'm currently 280 but was 310 during the injuries. If I get to 240/250 will this help?
I really want to learn BJJ but I don't want to have my discs fused at 37.
Thanks for any help