The more technique you have, the less you must worry
For the powerlifter though, Logan learned that strength depends on both weight and technique.
“Logan was surprised that the weight doesn’t have to be so heavy to still get a good workout,” Shannon said. “He also saw the benefits and can feel that he’s getting stronger without a large amount of load. Powerlifting can put increased pressure on the spine, and you need to be meticulous in your loading, volume and mechanics.”
Despite seeing progress, Shannon encouraged Logan not to rush back and allow himself time to adapt.
“Shannon had me work up to full practice over two weeks, before I returned to games, and doing that helped me a lot,” Logan said. “The coaches understood and when I got back, I stayed on the field.”
With time, technique and therapy, Logan was ready to be released back into action.
“His back responded more quickly than I expected,” Shannon said.
Logan returned to the Lions for the final two regular season football games, and on the final game not only did he play, but he was in the starting lineup at left guard. The following week, in the first round of the state playoffs, Logan started on both the offensive and defensive lines.