hurt lower back while squatting

I hurt my lower back a week and a half ago doing squats. When would be a good time for me to return to doing squats, deadlifts, and power cleans? I play football and these excercises are on our summer workout program.

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    This is a difficult question to answer without knowing more about the injury and your pain. Back injuries can vary widely. If you have any numbness, tingling, or pain going into your legs, then I would say that you should be evaluated medically before returning to those activities. If all you experienced was pain acrossed your lower back, then I would wait until your pain subsides with all daily activites, and you have the ability to perform forward and backward bending, as well turning and sidebending without pain. I would then return to those activities with lower weights and higher reps initially, working up as you tolerate. If you hurt it initially, that may suggest improper form to start with. You may want to have your form checked before returning to heavy lifting.If your back pain is not progressively improving, and lasts more than 2 wks, then you should make an appointment with your doctor to see what may be wrong. Remember, back problems can vary widely, and I have very little to go on from your original post. Use caution concerning your back. If you are not sure, seek medical attention from someone that can physically examine you.


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