Background: The lumbar spine is the most frequently reported site of pain in elite and sub-elite rowing populations with 12-month Low Back Pain (LBP) prevalence of 32-53%. LBP results in significant performance cost through lost training and competition time. There are no studies to date on LBP assessment or management in this population. Collection of insights and development of consensus-derived statements are particularly useful where evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are yet to be established. The aim of this study was to establish assessment and management behaviours and beliefs of experienced and expert clinicians when elite and sub-elite rowers present with an acute episode of LBP; secondly, to investigate how LBP management differs for developing and masters rowers.
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