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Old 19 May 2010, 05:21   #1
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Back Support Belt

Interesting read from trials with Scottish Fishery Protection.

Has anyone tried them?

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Old 19 May 2010, 06:38   #2
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I have worn a similar thing to the belt used in the trials when Ribbing since slipping a disc in 2002. Although I rarely have the chance to go ribbing now, I wouldn't go out without it. I also wear it when Quad Biking which is something I do regularly.

IMHO one of the major benefits, aside from the support is that it prevents and stabilises the twisting motion that can really impact your back. (After initially injuring my back in 02, some 6 weeks later I went Ribbing and whilst trying to take off my drysuit off Southwold Harbour I popped it out again, really badly - off work for the best part of three months.) A back belt is a relatively cheap item (40 quid?) and is strongly recommended if you already have a propensity for lower back injuries.

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Old 19 May 2010, 17:06   #3
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When I hurt my back last year I used this type of back support and found it to be a fantastic help. Whilst I was recovering I used this back brace on the RIB too and thought it was a great piece of kit. Never thought of using it as a preventative measure however, but might well be useful on a longer trip or some endurance racing.

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Old 19 May 2010, 17:23   #4
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Being 6'4" and a regular 'physical' worker there isnt much I havent experienced about back problems since slipping a disc, pulling a stuck mushroom anchor out of a mooring in 1994

From periods of total incapacity, and I mean paralysis from the waist down, I have founds ways around it and remain physically fit and able to do a demanding day job many years after the event

Belts .. what do ya wanna know ? .. I have 4 .. each for different periods /symptoms of incapacity / problems

Troubling as it is .. its a resolvable problem mind you once I hit 70 .. in 26 years time .. I wont fight it as much !! Im sure
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Old 19 May 2010, 17:51   #5
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Originally Posted by Bigmuz7 View Post
mind you once I hit 70 .. in 26 years time .. I wont fight it as much !! Im sure
How old you are, I thought.

Until I did the math

Turns out we're quite youthful!
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