The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of low back pain (LBP) in young female and male basketball and floorball players.
Nine basketball teams and 9 floorball teams from Tampere city district, Finland.
Four hundred one young female and male players (mean age: 15.8 ± 1.9 years).
Age, gender, sport, and family history of musculoskeletal disorders were assessed as risk factors for LBP. Adjustment was made on team level to avoid random effects associated with a team.
Information of players' background factors and LBP episodes was collected by a structured questionnaire.
Forty-four percentage of the basketball players and 62% of floorball players had suffered from LBP during the previous 12 months. Prevalence of LBP during the previous year was significantly higher among floorball players (P = 0.001). In both sports, prevalence of pain symptoms was the highest during the competitive playing season. Family history of musculoskeletal disorders [OR (odds ratio), 2.02, 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.22-3.34] and higher age (OR, 1.22, 95% CI, 1.05-1.41) were associated with LBP in players.
The study attested that LBP is a relatively common complaint in young team sport players. Targeted measures to examine causes, risk factors, and prevention of LBP in youth sports are needed.