Effects of Athletic Training on the Spinal Curvature in Child Athletes
DOI: 10.1080/15438627.2015.1005297
Title: Effects of Athletic Training on the Spinal Curvature in Child Athletes
Journal Title: Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal
Volume: pages 1-13
Issue: pages 1-13
Publication Date: pages 1-13
Start Page: pages1-13
End Page: pages1-13
ISSN: 1543-8627
Author: Marcel Betscha*, Thimm Furianb, Valentin Quacka, Bj?rn Ratha, Michael Wildc & Walter Rappb
a Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany
b University Hospital Tuebingen, Department of Sports Medicine, Germany
c Klinikum Darmstadt, Department of Orthopaedic, Trauma and Hand Surgery, Germany
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the spinal posture in young athletes depending on training intensity. The spinal curvature of 245 children, age 8 to 12 years, was evaluated using rasterstereography. According to their weekly training time group 1 (mean age: 9.54 ± 1.18) did 2–6, group 2 (mean age: 9.49 ± 0.87) did 6–15 and group 3 (mean age: 9.68 ± 0.87) did over 15 hours of training. Group 1 had a significantly higher weight (p = 0.028) (33.86 ± 7. kg) than those of the more active groups (30.67 ± 6.49 kg and 29.46 ± 4.33 kg). The mean kyphotic angle decreased significantly (p < 0.001) with the amount of training per week from 46.86 ± 8.2° in group 1 to 40.08 ± 8° in group 3. We also found a significant decrease (p = 0.047) in lateral deviation with training from group 1 with 5.3 ± 3 mm to group 2 with 4.1 ± 1.6 mm. The results of our study suggest that higher training time can be associated with lower weight and decreases in thoracic kyphosis and lateral deviation of the spine.
Accepted: 24 Dec 2014

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