[Lumbar spine injuries in pediatric and adolescent athletes]

Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2004:38 Suppl 1:58-63.
[Article in Turkish]


During the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in sports participation by pediatric athletes. Spinal injuries thus have become a great concern. The unique nature of the pediatric spine should be well-recognized and low back pain in a pediatric athlete should therefore be taken seriously and evaluated thoroughly. In this review article, sports-related lumbar spine problems will be covered including overuse injuries, spondylolysis, pars stress fractures, spondylolysthesis, and lumbar disc herniation. Early identification of these problems will eventually minimize these injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Child Health Services
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Injuries / prevention & control
  • Turkey