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07-13-2004, 12:53 PM
My boyfriend is 21 and has just been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. he has been training really hard and knows he has to take some time of for therapy. He has never competed, but planned to. Have any of you dealt with DDD or similar problems? Do you think he'll still be able to compete?

Any info would be great, recovery stories, or personal experiences would be great! Thanks!

Most Muscular
07-13-2004, 09:00 PM
I know of a couple guys who have had similar back problems and have competed (very successfully I might add)...

BUT... anyone with back problems has a serious disadvantage in not being able to do many of the "core" type exercises which help build quality muscle mass, such as squats and deadlifts. It can be done but he must realize that he will have to work that much harder to be able to achieve his goals.

Good luck to him.