Training can damage spines of young tennis players: study
Jul 19, 2007 | Posted by: The Canadian Press | Full story: The Canadian Press
“What concerned us is that if that's the case, then what are the implications for them in their tennis careers?”
(CP) - Young, elite tennis players who undergo intensive training in the fervent hope of becoming the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams may be more vulnerable to spinal injury than previously believed, new research suggests.
A "surprising" number of spinal abnormalities, some irreparable, were found in the lower backs of young tennis players who had no history of back pain, say the authors of an article to be published Thursday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The research found problems in 28 of the 33 players aged 16 to 23, all of them recruited from a national tennis centre, who were scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. The abnormalities included spinal disc degeneration, herniated discs, complete fractures and stress fractures known as pars lesions. Read more
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