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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31816a6d0f
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Spinal Conditioning for Athletes With Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

Nau, Erin ATC1; Hanney, William J PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS1; Kolber, Morey J PT, PhD, CSCS2

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Abstract

LOW BACK PAIN IS A COMMON CONDITION IN ATHLETIC POPULATIONS. PARTICIPATION IN ATHLETICS HAS BEEN LINKED TO SPECIFIC ANATOMICAL CHANGES TO THE LUMBER SPINE (SPONDYLOLYSIS AND SPONDYLOLISTHESIS). PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE BIOMECHANICAL STRESSES ASSOCIATED WITH ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION IN THIS POPULATION. PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS CAN BE MADE IN ATHLETES WITH SPONDYLOLITIC DISORDERS. CONDITIONING ROUTINES SHOULD EMPHASIZE SPINAL STABILIZATION AND SPORT-SPECIFIC FLEXIBILITY. THIS ARTICLE MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ATHLETES WITH SPONDYLOLITIC DISORDERS THAT SHOULD ALLOW PARTICIPATION IN LUMBAR CONDITIONING WHILE PROTECTING THE BACK FROM UNDUE STRESS.

© 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association

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