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Episode Info: In part two of Making Athletes podcast episode 13, host Wes Kennedy speaks with Scott Sonnon, founder of Tacfit, about the most common occupational injuries seen in tactical athletes, Mixed Modal Fitness competitors, and MMA athletes. In regards to tactical athletes, Sonnon says, “number one is the lower back.” This is due to the kit ergonomics, which, when sitting, will keep the mid-back from moving. Along with the lower body gear’s restrictions, “the perfect storm” is created. As the hips become immobile, the lower back will absorb the resistance from the weight of the kit. Even when the kit has been removed, the lower back will have already been trained to that movement. Sonnon says that many people believe that they have injured their back, when really the body has just created a split to protect the lower back from the mobility. As the lower back changes and becomes more mobile, Sonnon says that more injuries will...
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