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1. Introduction >
2. Lower Back Problems in Cricketers
3. Treatment and Prevention of Low Back Stress Fractures >
4. Using a Pressure Biofeedback Device to Contract the Stabilising Muscles >
5. Using the Stabilizer for Low Back Pain >
6. References >

Lower back pain is particularly common in younger fast bowlers. Previous research has reported that these injuries occur in up to 60% of cricket players. The reason for such a high incidence of back injury has been attributed to a combination of factors. These include inadequate physical and physiological preparation, relatively reduced bone density following a ‘growth spurt', postural defects, biomechanical aspects of the bowling technique, rapid escalation in training frequency, duration of bowling spells in matches, and the repetitive nature of movements.

Stress fracture of the lumbar spine is a common injury in young fast bowlers. Fast bowling in cricket requires a combination of spinal hyperextension (bending back) together with rotation and side flexion of the trunk. This puts a lot of stress on an area of the vertebra called the ‘Pars Interarticularis' and this is where stress fractures develop.

Diagram detailing the anatomy of a lumar spine stress fracture

Lower back stress fractures are usually characterised by an ache in the lower back which is exacerbated by sporting activities and eased by rest, although a small percentage of people with a stress fracture can be pain free. Typically it is sore when the patient bends backwards, particularly if standing on one leg. If a lower back stress fracture is suspected, a doctor may decide to refer the patient for a scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment and Prevention of Low Back Stress Fractures >

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