Back injuries in gymnastics

Clin Sports Med. 1985 Jan;4(1):85-93.


The complaint of low back pain in the adolescent must never be taken lightly. A high index of suspicion should be particularly entertained in a child participating in gymnastic training or competition. As noted in this article, steps can now be taken, particularly if a specific diagnosis is made early, to institute specific treatment with a high likelihood of success. Young gymnasts complaining of back pain must never be passed off as having sustained a back strain or "muscle spasms" and treated symptomatically. Persistent back pain beyond two weeks warrants, in our opinion, a complete evaluation, careful history and physical examination, a four-view radiographic assessment of the spine, and, if necessary, bone scans or other more advanced techniques to make a specific diagnosis of the cause of the pain.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Back Injuries*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy
  • Gymnastics*
  • Humans
  • Infections / diagnosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / etiology
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / therapy
  • Lordosis / diagnosis
  • Lordosis / therapy
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnosis
  • Spinal Injuries / etiology
  • Spinal Injuries / therapy
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spondylolysis / diagnosis
  • Spondylolysis / etiology
  • Spondylolysis / therapy