Repair of spondylolysis in young fast bowlers

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1993 May;75(3):398-402. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.75B3.8496207.


Fast bowling in the game of cricket requires repetitive spinal extension, lateral deviation, lumbar flexion and thoracodorsal rotation. Back pain is common, and it has been shown that pars interarticularis defects had occurred in over 50% of a group of teenage fast bowlers. Many of these defects will heal, but some cause chronic pain which prevents bowling, although other activities may be painless. We report the successful results of local screw fusion of the pars interarticularis defects in ten bowlers, and recommend this method for this small group of sportsmen.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone Screws*
  • Bone Transplantation*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology*
  • Male
  • Spondylolysis / complications
  • Spondylolysis / diagnostic imaging
  • Spondylolysis / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed