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#1 Justin R Goff

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:10 PM

I wanted to get feed back from anyone that is willing. Do any of you have back problems after a long day of working? Or notice that you may be developing longterm back problems overtime from your work?
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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:16 PM

If your back is hurting either your vest is not fitted properly or your technique is off.

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#3 Nick Tsamandanis

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:35 PM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:00 AM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.



i guess that depends on what you call pain? if you do not work constantly, back muscles will definintely 'hurt' , if it's something different...
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#5 Justin R Goff

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:48 AM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.



i guess that depends on what you call pain? if you do not work constantly, back muscles will definintely 'hurt' , if it's something different...



Haha, a foot rub does sound nice.

I will admit I am pretty new to operating. So any feedback to help me learn is always welcome and appreciated.
So far my only experience has been with a Back Mounted Vest. I have enjoyed it a lot because of the way that it distributes the weight of the whole rig throughout my body bone structure from the hips. This takes a lot of the weight off my back even to the point where sometimes almost none of the weight is on the shoulder straps. My back doesn't do so well with a lot of weight on my shoulders so I like this.

I have heard feedback in the past from operators that use Front Mounted Vest that said they experienced some degree of back pain. They said the reason could be because the way a Front Mounted Vest distributes the weight can be a lot on the shoulders and our shoulders are not made to hold so much weight for a long period of time. I have no experience with a Front Mounted Vest to be able to compare.

  • Have any of you experienced a similar feeling with a Front Mounted Vest after a long day?
  • Does it seem to wear you out faster because a lot of the weight is on the shoulders?
  • Is this even true that a lot of the weight rest on the shoulders with a Front Mounted Vest?

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#6 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 10:02 AM

If your vest fits right you should not have a lot of weight on your shoulders.

I do get some sciatica when I haven't been working much lately and as a result spend a lot more time sitting at a computer, etc. Moving around, operating Steadicam, etc actually makes It go away. Don't know how Steadicam effects it in the long term but in the short term the effect seems to be a good one.
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#7 Jerry Holway

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 10:25 AM

Justin-

28 years operating with a front mounted vest. ZERO back pain. Feels better if I get in the vest, like Jess said. It's technique and a proper fit - front or back mount...

Take a workshop....

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 11:25 AM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.

On set... try a nice fat header cable to a HMI 10K or larger
At home or off set... tennis balls are also good and if you really want to dig in... golf balls


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#9 RonBaldwin

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:08 PM

Alfea said balls...

Knock on wood, no back probs after 15 yrs in the saddle -- just standard muscle soreness/stiffness. Most likely because I am old and lazy with a weak core and love of Lisagav.
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#10 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:31 PM

I used to have some back problems related to a snowboarding accident that happened years ago, but since I started steadicam 11 years ago I've had much less pain and stiffness. I have experienced issues related to handheld though, which is much harder on the body in my opinion.
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#11 Nick Tsamandanis

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:21 PM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.

On set... try a nice fat header cable to a HMI 10K or larger
At home or off set... tennis balls are also good and if you really want to dig in... golf balls


I was thinking more along the lines of a foot rub from an on the set hottie...but will also give the balls a try.
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#12 Justin R Goff

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:36 PM

No, but I could do with a good foot rub.

On set... try a nice fat header cable to a HMI 10K or larger
At home or off set... tennis balls are also good and if you really want to dig in... golf balls


I was thinking more along the lines of a foot rub from an on the set hottie...but will also give the balls a try.


That would be my kind of PA
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#13 Joseph Stunzi

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 10:42 PM

I used to have some back problems related to a snowboarding accident that happened years ago, but since I started steadicam 11 years ago I've had much less pain and stiffness. I have experienced issues related to handheld though, which is much harder on the body in my opinion.


Especially handheld with an improperly balanced rig!
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#14 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:31 AM

I used to have some back problems related to a snowboarding accident that happened years ago, but since I started steadicam 11 years ago I've had much less pain and stiffness. I have experienced issues related to handheld though, which is much harder on the body in my opinion.


Especially handheld with an improperly balanced rig!



Yikes. A couple more glasses of wine and then we're going to have a lesson in camera operation.
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#15 Fabrizio Sciarra SOC ACO

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:54 AM

I used to have some back problems related to a snowboarding accident that happened years ago, but since I started steadicam 11 years ago I've had much less pain and stiffness. I have experienced issues related to handheld though, which is much harder on the body in my opinion.


Especially handheld with an improperly balanced rig!



Yikes. A couple more glasses of wine and then we're going to have a lesson in camera operation.


LOL
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