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No difference in prevalence of spine and hip pain in young Elite skiers

Journal article
Authors Carl Todd
Amina Swärd Aminoff
C. Agnvall
Olof Thoreson
Leif Swärd
Jón Karlsson
Adad Baranto
Published in Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy
Volume 26
Issue 7
Pages 1959-1965
ISSN 0942-2056
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Orthopaedics
Pages 1959-1965
Language en
Keywords Athletes, Back, Hip, Pain, Skiers, Spine, low-back-pain, ice hockey players, visual analog scale, cam-type, deformity, femoroacetabular impingement, injuries, classification, abnormalities, adolescents, disability, Orthopedics, Sport Sciences, Surgery, carroll jr, 1986, american journal of sports medicine, v14, p404, cormack hm, 1988, psychological medicine, v18, p1007
Subject categories Orthopedics


To investigate the prevalence between back and hip pain in young Elite skiers. Sample group (n = 102), consisted of young Elite skiers (n = 75) and age-matched non-athletes (n = 27), all completed a three-part back and hip pain questionnaire, Oswestry Disability Index and EuroQoL to evaluate general health, activity level, back and hip pain prevalence. No significant differences were shown for lifetime prevalence of back pain in the skiers (50%) compared with controls (44%) (n.s.). Duration of back pain for the skiers showed (30%) > 1 year, whilst (46%) > 5 years. A significant difference was shown with increased Visual Analogue Scale back pain levels for skiers 5.3 (SD 3.1) compared with controls 2.4 (SD 1.9, p = 0.025). No significant differences were shown for lifetime prevalence of hip pain in skiers (21%) compared with controls (8%) (n.s.). Young Elite skiers are shown not to have increased lifetime prevalence for back and hip pain compared with a non-athletic control group.

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