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Young elite cross-country skiers and low back pain: A 5-year study
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6653-3414
Karolinska Institutet.
2006 (English)In: Physical Therapy in Sport, ISSN 1466-853X, E-ISSN 1873-1600, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 181-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives To evaluate possible changes in spinal curvature over a period of 5 years of an elite cross-country skiing squad, and to study whether there are any differences in this respect between individuals who report low back pain and those how do not. Participants Fifteen young cross-country skiers (M age=13.6±0.9) participated voluntarily throughout the entire study period. Main outcome measures Debrunner's kyphometer was used for measuring the difference between thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis of the spine. All subjects also answered a questionnaire including questions about ski-related low back pain, the amount of ski training, and participation in other sports. Results The results at the end of the 5-year period comprise data from 15 skiers (M age=18.5±0.9 years). The relationship between thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis increased from 3.5° to 13.1°, respectively (p=0.0001). Of the 15 elite cross-country skiers, seven reported low back pain at the 5-year examination. At the 5-year follow-up, skiers with low back pain showed significantly higher relationship between thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis than did those skiers without low back pain, 18.2° and 10.5°, respectively (p=0.035). Of the eight elite cross-country skiers without low back pain, seven were also involved in other sports (p=0.005). Conclusions Based on these findings, our advice is that adolescent cross-country skiers also should participate in other physical activities besides cross-country skiing.

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2006. Vol. 7, no 4, p. 181-184
Keywords [en]
cross-country, back pain
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47573DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2006.06.003ISI: 000242909500003PubMedID: 21663829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-47573DiVA, id: diva2:874031
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1st Physical Therapy in Sport International Conference, Jul 07-08, 2006, Birmingham, England
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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