Title

Spino-Pelvic Kinematics and Trunk Muscle Activation in Prolonged Ergometer Rowing: Mechanical Etiology of Non-Specific Low Back Pain in Adolescent Rowers

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

5400

Comments

This article was originally published as: Ng, L., Burnett, A. F., & O'Sullivan, P. (2008). Spino-Pelvic Kinematics and Trunk Muscle Activation in Prolonged Ergometer Rowing: Mechanical Etiology of Non-Specific Low Back Pain in Adolescent Rowers. Proceedings of International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports. (pp. 270-273). Seoul, Korea. Korean Society of Sports Biomechanics and Department of Physical Education,Seoul National University. Original article available here

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine whether adolescent rowers with and without low back pain (LBP) displayed differences in spino-pelvic kinematics and trunk muscle activation during prolonged ergometer rowing. Ten rowers with LBP and twelve rowers without LBP performed a 20 minute ergometer trial with kinematics, muscle activation and self reported perception of pain data (VAS) collected during the trial. Results of this study show that rowers with LBP postured their lumbar spine in flexion for a greater proportion of the drive phase and nearer to their end range of flexion when compared to those without LBP. This study highlights potential mechanisms for the ramping of back pain in adolescent rowers.