Lumbar pain in fast bowlers

Aust Fam Physician. 1991 Jul;20(7):943, 946-51.


Lumbar pain is common among cricket's fast bowlers, leading to premature retirement. The cause of a high incidence of back problems lies in the repetitive spinal movements necessary in the art of fast bowling. This combines repetitive lateral flexion, thoraco-dorsal rotation, spinal flexion and compression. The causes are basically too much bowling by young players with relatively immature pars interarticularis, poor physical fitness and a poor bowling action.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Back Pain / diagnosis
  • Back Pain / epidemiology
  • Back Pain / therapy*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Laminectomy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed