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  1. Low back pain in college athletes : A prospective study correlating lower extremity overuse or acquired ligamentous laxity with low back pain. Point of view.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    A prospective evaluation of the incidence of low back pain in college athletes was under taken.


    To evaluate prospectively leg length discrepancy, hip flexor tightness, and lower extremity acquired laxity or overuse as predictive factors for low back pain in college athletes. of Background Data.

    A pilot study found an association between low back pain and the factors to be studied.

    Several allusions to the kinetic chain theory appear in the literature, but little prospective research has been done in examining the effects of lower extremity involvement on the back.


    Two-hundred fifty-seven college athletes representing nine varsity sports were screened during a preseason sports physical examination.

    Measures of flexibility, ligamentous stability, leg length discrepancy, and overuse syndromes were recorded.

    Athletes were observed throuqnout tne ensuing year for low back pain requiring treatment by the athletic trainer.

    Those athletes with low back pain as the result of direct trauma to the region were excluded from the data.


    Twenty-four athletes (9.3%) received treatment for low back pain.

    Thirteen of 87 women (15%) compared with 11 of 170 men (6%) required treatment for low back pain (P=0.048).

    Of 57 athletes with lower extremity acquired laxity or overuse, low pack pain developed in 14 (P=0.001). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Adulte jeune, Homme, Sportif, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Facteur risque, Différence longueur, Membre inférieur, Cinétique, Etude longitudinale, Analyse corrélation, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie, Sport intensif

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Young adult, Human, Athlete, Epidemiology, Incidence, Risk factor, Length discrepancy, Lower limb, Kinetics, Follow up study, Correlation analysis, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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    Cote : 98-0229815

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 11/09/1998.