The level of physical activity among adolescents can influence their risk of developing back pain, a new study by a group of researchers including Jan Hartvigsen and Lise Hestbæk from NIKKB/Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (IOB) at the University of Southern Denmark has revealed.
The more physically active, the greater the risk of back pain, the study concludes. The researchers followed a group of adolescents aged 11 to 13 over a two year period to study to what degree physical activity caused pain in the neck, back and lower back during the two years.
The participants in the study were all adolescents in school without any history of back pain at the time, when the study was launched. During the two years the study took place, their prospective back pain was assessed through electronic questionnaires filled out by the participants during the study and by measuring their physical activity with the aid of electronic activity measurement devices
The study of the relationship between physical activity and back pain is relevant because of the fact that back pain begins early in life and is common among adolescents. Furthermore, it looks as if there is a relationship between back pain in adolescents and adults. Whether you develop disabilities as an adult may therefore depend on how you take care of your back as a child and as an adolescent. Physical activity may be one of the factors, you can influence.
The study is published in the research article The most physically active Danish adolescents are at an increased risk for developing spinal pain: a two-year perspective cohort study in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. The authors are Ellen Aartun – IOB, University of Southern Denmark; Eleanor Boyle – IOB, University of Southern Denmark; Jan Hartvigsen IOB University of Southern Denmark and NIKKB; Paulo H. Ferreira – University of Sydney; Christopher G. Maher – George Institute for Global Health, Sydney; Manuela L. Ferreira - George Institute for Global Health, Sydney and Lise Hestbæk – IOB, University of Southern Denmark and NIKKB.
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