Back injury may keep Sadler from driv...

Back injury may keep Sadler from driving at Martinsville

There are 69 comments on the USA Today story from Mar 28, 2008, titled Back injury may keep Sadler from driving at Martinsville. In it, USA Today reports that:

A lower back injury to NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler forced Gillett Evernham Motorsports for hire a substitute for Friday's Sprint Cup Series practice at Martinsville Speedway, and the team said his availability ... via USA Today

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cak

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 28, 2008
why can't I see the posts on this topic? HELP ME

Since: May 07

United States

#2 Mar 28, 2008
I can't see them either - did they go to cyberspace?
littledevil2744

Piscataway, NJ

#3 Mar 28, 2008
yeah this is wierd!!!
NECKCAR

Glendora, CA

#4 Mar 28, 2008
WHAT A WUS
Kevin and Karen

Johnson City, TN

#5 Mar 28, 2008
What a wus???? Well with comentary like that we could say, what an AZZ. I am so sure you just jump in a racecar every week huh?
Mikey fan

Rossford, OH

#6 Mar 28, 2008
Kevin and Karen wrote:
What a wus???? Well with comentary like that we could say, what an AZZ. I am so sure you just jump in a racecar every week huh?
Hey how are you two??

Since: Feb 08

Apollo, PA

#7 Mar 28, 2008
who the heck you calling a wuz???? Look jack azz have you ever had a back injury??? I would say NO well they are very very painful. so get a life ya fool and go write about a jerk like yaself. ya can figure out who i mean, since in the first 10 minutes they always talk about him.5910

Since: May 07

United States

#8 Mar 28, 2008
Think the wus comment and the azz comment need a little clarifying. K & K know ES. Okay. Why would a guy (any guy for that matter) hurt himself during a reg. work out session and then go and play golf? Doesn't make sense when you know what your job is. Read what Mo Mo wrote on the Trackside forum (about golf and back injuries). Think everyone is in agreement that there is nothing worse than a back injury. When he was first interviewed today (on SPEED) he looked ike he was in pain. Everyone just calm down and have a good thought for the guy. Let's hope this back problem works itself out (for his sake) or he will be out of the car for the rest of the year.
mo-mo

Killeen, TX

#9 Mar 28, 2008
NECKCAR wrote:
WHAT A WUS
ha! I think people that have the cajones to say that deserve to get a swift kick in the back. It still wouldn't hurt as bad as a slipped disc.

Think about it, the back is the key ingredient in the bodies core. It supports the abs, which support the chest...etc. The body basically crumbles without it. So, let me try to explain this to you, & perhaps you will see why the word "wuss" shouldn't be associated with a back injury. You could see it in the way he was walking today, and it brought back some bad memories.

So the initial pain that comes from the herniated disc is usually very gradual. You most likely feel it strain or catch a little in a work out or even just doing something simple like bending over to pick something up. I've even seen cases that began with someone taking a wrong step & slipping on a rock. It can be a sudden injury or something that occurs gradually over time, but it doesn't necessarily take a whole lot to kick off the party. In any case that first tug can be dismissed as a slight strain or just typical soreness you might feel after a good workout. I can see where he probably didn't think twice about going out on the golf course. He may have even injured it days or weeks before, & it just took that one wrong twist to send it over the edge. The strain was probably there a little bit when he went to bed on Wednesday night, & again, it could've been dismissed as soreness or slight stiffness or discomfort. The inflammation probably set in over night, along with the muscle tension, & I am willing to bet that he probably couldn't move when he opened his eyes the next morning. That feeling alone has the tendency to freak people out, which causes further tension & strain. The pain is so intense that it could easily make the biggest toughest guy you know break down & cry.

When he woke up he probably felt that intense catch like feeling that comes from the soft tissue between the discs bulging out & most likely pressing against the nerves. On top of that the muscles of the back and torso completely tense up, so just imagine the constant strain of your abs, the core muscles. Anytime you feel like you might have found an almost comfortable position, you start to relax just a little bit, which puts pressure on your lower back forcing it to catch & tense up, & you're right back where you started.

Anyway...like I said in the other thread, it's a slow recovery process from here (6-8 weeks). You have to rest, & let it heel. Too much too fast can make it a far worse issue. Taking something to ease the inflammation is a must, as well as muscle relaxers (he said he was taking both). He's obviously not on the same muscle relaxers I've seen prescribed, because he was still awake & speaking clearly.:) You also alternate Ice and Heat, & it's usually best to sleep in a recliner. Then it's just a process of starting to slowly rehab it. It will hopefully start to feel better after a few days or maybe a week (Depending on the extent). But it will still be very tender for a while.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who have gone through this who are feeling his pain with him right now. The thought of it makes me tense up. & I hope it's not something that will keep popping up throughout his life. It seems like a lot of people with back issues are at risk for repeat injuries.

It's not a very macho workout to adopt, but I recommend adding Pilates to the workout routine of people with back issues. I do it plus the elliptical & weight training & it keeps my weak back at bay. I am a fan of the Windsor Pilates DVD's. It really strengthens the core muscles, improving posture...etc., & easing the pressure you put on the back. Plus it's discreet so you can keep it a secret & not have to give up your man card for doing it.(Don't knock it 'til you try it).:)

Alrighty, that was a long and drawn out soap box , but bottom line, HE'S NOT A WUSS!
Mikey fan

Rossford, OH

#10 Mar 29, 2008
Don't apologize for a long post (I'm guilty too--yours, at least, is informative). Another thing to remember..he's such a tall/big guy that his poor back has more to support/more work to do than someone smaller. I think this would make the healing go slower. Just a thought. I'll have to check in to pilates more--thanks for the info.

And, I agree, he's NOT a wuss--give me a break!!(probably some kid that'snever been hurt that posted that!!)
think about it

United States

#12 Mar 29, 2008
NECKCAR wrote:
WHAT A WUS
What a jerk you are.
xusllabb

Glendora, CA

#13 Mar 29, 2008
Give me a break its not like he has to pick anything up.he just sits there and turns left this guy needs to act like a man.Pop a couple of advil and drive you crybaby Donica would.Yet another reason neckar sucks

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#14 Mar 29, 2008
xusllabb wrote:
Give me a break its not like he has to pick anything up.he just sits there and turns left this guy needs to act like a man.Pop a couple of advil and drive you crybaby Donica would.Yet another reason neckar sucks
Thank you very much for offering your opinion. If you do not like NASCAR or this driver than post somewhere else.
Mikey fan

Rossford, OH

#15 Mar 29, 2008
xusllabb wrote:
Give me a break its not like he has to pick anything up.he just sits there and turns left this guy needs to act like a man.Pop a couple of advil and drive you crybaby Donica would.Yet another reason neckar sucks
It's Danica..you dipsh*t. By the way, how do you suppose he's going to even get IN the car...peel the roof off..oh, I know, he'll just open the door and get in..just like you do. I've got clues for sale, probably out of your price range, though!
nascar newbs

United States

#16 Mar 29, 2008
It's clear some of the posts here are by nascar newbs... go pull 4 g's for four hours in a car with a back injury then let us see how you feel afterward. If there was a cure for dumbazz I'd be rich becuase posts like this prove there's plenty of dumbazz out there. And, he didn't hurt his back working out or playing golf.

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#17 Mar 29, 2008
nascar newbs wrote:
It's clear some of the posts here are by nascar newbs... go pull 4 g's for four hours in a car with a back injury then let us see how you feel afterward. If there was a cure for dumbazz I'd be rich becuase posts like this prove there's plenty of dumbazz out there. And, he didn't hurt his back working out or playing golf.
Do tell???
phoenix

Hillsborough, NC

#18 Mar 29, 2008
Katie in Texas wrote:
<quoted text>
Do tell???
I know, I know, bet he fell off a horse, lol, Katie, just had to throw that in. That's how I got my herinated disc, courtesy of a horse,(not mine, they are perfect lol, right!!)

Since: May 07

United States

#19 Mar 29, 2008
Mikey fan wrote:
<quoted text>
It's Danica..you dipsh*t. By the way, how do you suppose he's going to even get IN the car...peel the roof off..oh, I know, he'll just open the door and get in..just like you do. I've got clues for sale, probably out of your price range, though!
Don't they have hatches on the cars now? They could always get a crane in there.(Ha!) It was my understanding (from shows and articles yesterday) that they were doing everything possible to make him comfortable in the car. But 4 hours is a long time and with the risk of crashing - YIKES! He could really get screwed up - like Mo Mo said - 6 or 8 weeks or even longer.

I know from experience what just driving (and riding) in a street car/truck can do to you when you have an injury or ailment. Can you imagine driving in circles for 4 hrs. in pain? Probably not safe for the other drivers either.

(Another long post). I broke my leg a few yrs. back and my Mom wanted me to drive her station wagon. I had just gotten a new Jeep and couldn't get in it and if you can't get in it - you can't drive it. I tried her wagon out for a day and when you fall out of it trying to get out of it and you're flopping like a fish in your driveway - nuts! I tried out our big truck and the roomie said no. It was perfect. I never fell once, there was enough leg room, etc.

I loved the comment about Advil. NOT!
susan

Seattle, WA

#20 Mar 29, 2008
he practiced today and they made some seat adjustments to help his back, coz at this track your foot is on the brake alot and it pushes up to your back adding more pressure.
his site says he feels a bit better, but on ibuprofin, meds that doc gives him and icing it.
watching tar heels from the motorcoach as opposed to going to it. and hopes to race most of race tomorrow.
for those who say get in and drive, you obviously have never hurt your back. its painful and to sit and drive or just sit, is excrutiating..(sp)

hey to all. work is busy and we have snow...in march almost april. what the heck is that all about. take care to the regulars.
xusllabb

Glendora, CA

#21 Mar 29, 2008
This is just retarded all you people defending this sissy lala.If neckcar was a real sport and racers were real athletes she would race with the pain and deal with it.Instead she cries and complains

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