Lumbar spine region pathology and hamstring and calf injuries in athletes: is there a connection?

Br J Sports Med. 2004 Aug;38(4):502-4; discussion 502-4. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2003.011346.


This paper discusses the theory that subtle lumbosacral canal impingement of the L5 nerve root may be a relatively common occurrence in older footballers and may in fact be a common underlying basis for the age related predisposition towards hamstring and calf strains.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / etiology*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries
  • Lumbosacral Plexus / injuries
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries*
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Spinal Cord Compression / complications*
  • Sprains and Strains / etiology*