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What exercises should I avoid if I have back or neck pain?

The exercises that you should avoid if you have back pain include: full sit-ups, crunches, flutter kicks, lifting with back instead of legs, and supermans. Any exercises that cause the back to go into hyperextension or full flexion should be avoided. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)
If you have neck or back pain it is difficult to guess which exercises will cause pain or discomfort.  Generally speaking you should avoid any jarring, or jerking motions that can strain on the back or neck, and also avoid movements in which a load is far away from the body as this will put excessive amounts of strain on the back. Beyond those guidelines only avoid exercises that specifically aggravate your injuries.

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