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Consensus statement for preventing and managing low back pain in elite and sub-elite adult rowers

      Background: Low back pain (LBP) is the most frequently reported musculoskeletal disorder, and can result in long term pain and disability. Rowing is a sport associated with large volumes of training and high cumulative loading of the lumbar spine. The most frequently reported site of pain for rowers is the low back. Recent research has focused on epidemiology and biomechanical analyses to understand mechanisms that contribute to LBP onset. There has been a limited focus on management or prevention strategies. There are currently no guidelines for managing LBP in rowers or in athletes who participate in other sports. There are guidelines for managing LBP in the general population. While many principles of management are transferable, there is a need to consider issues that are particular to rowers. We aimed to synthesise evidence on low back pain (LBP) in adult rowers and to create a consensus statement to inform clinical practice.
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