Can doing pull ups damage your back?
Any exercise can potentially cause damage if you do not perform it correctly.
The most important thing you can do to protect your lower back when you are exercising is to draw your lower abdominal muscles in (towards your spine) and up (as if you are trying to slide them under your rib cage) and keep that tight 'girdle effect' while continuing to breathe normally. It can take a bit of practice not to hold your breath while you're doing this.
To protect your upper back, during pull-ups specifically, you should keep your elbows in - under your wrists and in line with them. Wrists, elbows and shoulders should all be in alignment. During both the pull up and lowering phases you should keep this alignment.
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