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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2015 September;174(9):399-403
Risk factors for low back pain in collegiate rowers: a cross-sectional study focusing on physical asymmetrical factors
Tashiro Y. 1, Nishiguchi S. 1, 2, Fukutani N. 1, Morino S. 1, Yamada M. 1, Aoyama T. 1
1 Department of Physical Therapy, Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan;
2 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
AIM: The main complaint of rowers is low back pain (LBP). Considerable research has been conducted on this topic worldwide; however, limited research has been conducted in Japan. The risk factors for rower’s LBP, especially those related to physical asymmetry have not previously been investigated. This study aimed to investigate the occurrence of LBP in Japanese rowers and examine the risk factors for LBP in collegiate rowers with a focus on asymmetry.
METHODS: A total of 188 rowers (135 men, 53 women) participated in this study. Participants completed an original questionnaire that included items assessing demographic data and information about rowing. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify the risk factors for LBP during the 12 months prior to the study. The data collected for 185 players were submitted for statistical analysis.
RESULTS: We found that 64.3% of collegiate rowers experienced LBP in the 12 months prior to the study. The analysis, after adjustment for demographic data and rowing-related factors, revealed that subjective leg length inequality was related to rower’s LBP (odds ratio, 3.54; 95% confidence interval, 1.49-8.37).
CONCLUSION: Our results suggested that many collegiate rowers experienced LBP, and that subjective leg length inequality is related to rower’s LBP.