I have been lifting weights and bodybuilding for over 25 years and I don't have the problems described in the article. This person clearly did some damage that is unusual and ireversible. He is the exception rather than the rule. BUT ...
I have been guilty of training through injuries and training too often and not getting enough recuperation time. This has resulted in a situation where my back is weaker than the average and more prone to injury. So the article gives some very valid warnings, in my opinion.
Today I train only twice a week with weights, splitting chest/back and arms/shoulders/legs respectively. This way I effectively I train each bodypart once every seven days. My workouts are short and high in intensity. This gives me lots of recuperation time and now I am free of injuries and my back feels really good. I do use a lifting belt when going heavy.
Many questions to ask regarding this: Was his transverse abdominal muscle strong enough to support his back, was there some sort fused vertabra that he did not know he had?
Nonetheless, I only do squats with weight on my back once a week.. A good alterenative is to put resistance tubing under your feet. Hold the handles on your shoulders. You will feel the resistance on the way down and on the way up. This means that your muscles are working both eccentrically and concentrically, which is probably more functional for skiers.
I am about to post something on a squat variation that I just "made up".
Stand by! :
I herniated a disc in 98-Doc told me that is was caused by my active lifestyle running skiing bumps and bodybiulding.After having surgery I have made a full recovery. I am back to running skiing bumps and training. I have had to modify my leg training -lighter on the squats but can still go pretty hard on the leg press. So I guess I would have to agreee with the article!! Terry