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Intensive Sports Training may Provoke Back Pain in Children

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:29

Thoracic hyperkyphosis is linked with an increased risk of back pain.  Because sports activities during childhood are thought to provoke thoracic hyperkyphosis, researchers looked at 407 girls and 1,863 boys, aged 8 to 18 years. Mid-sagittal curves were evaluated and subjects were also asked about the number of hours they spent engaged in sports activities.

Cumulative training time was positively correlated with larger thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. These curves were most pronounced in gymnasts. In contrast, youngsters who did not engage in sports had the smallest curves. Age and gender were not related to spinal curvature, according to the report.

Wojtys EM, Ashton-Miller JA, Huston LJ, Moga PJ.   The association between athletic training time and the sagittal curvature of the immature spine   Am J Sports Med. 2000 (Jul-Aug);   28 (4):   490-498