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Five Minute Exercises to Strengthen Your Back

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We know the stress being a police officer can have on your lower back and spine. Matched with the busy hours, night to morning shifts and a serious lack of sleep, we know it can be hard to take the time to look after yourself. That’s why we have collated the best exercises to strengthen the lower back, all of which can be performed in under five minutes, just before your first, morning coffee. Partial Crunches If you have a quick moment in the office, find a space and lay on your back. Partial crunches are great for those who...

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Dealing with Back Pain in Law Enforcement

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Studies show that, while only 8% of police officers had back pain before joining the force, this rose to 62% afterwards (Shea, J. & Poliquin, C. (2011). Fighting Low Back Pain in Crime Fighters. Retrieved from www.charlespoliquin.com). A further study reported 86% of participating officers suffered from lower back problems (Anderson, G., Zutz, A. & Plecas, D. (2011). Police Officer Back Health. The Journal of Criminal Justice Research). This can lead to sick leave, surgery and officers quitting the force due to disabling back injuries. It is, therefore, a problem that needs to be resolved. Typical Causes Lower back pain...

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