Association between adolescent sport activity and lumbar disc degeneration among young adults.
Takatalo J, Karppinen J, Nayha S, Taimela, Ninimaki J, Sequeiros RB, Tammelin T, Auvinen J, and Tervonen O. Mohtadi N, Barber R, Chan D, and Paolucci EO. Scan J Med Sci Sports. 2017. [Epub Ahead of Print].
Take Home Message: Survey participants who reported frequently running and swimming had greater signs of lumbar disc degeneration than those participants who were inactive in those sports.
Greater involvement in sports is a risk factor for long-term degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs. Understanding the impact of sport involvement in lumbar disc degeneration will help clinicians develop strategies to mitigate the impact of sport on lumbar disc degeneration. Therefore, Takatalo and colleagues evaluated the association between sport involvement and lumbar disc degeneration in an exploratory study.