Chapter 8. Preventing Low Back Pain

  1. Roald Bahr MD, PhD3 and
  2. Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD3,4
  1. Adad Baranto MD, PhD1,
  2. Tor Inge Andersen PT2 and
  3. Leif Swärd MD, PhD1

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch8

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

How to Cite

Baranto, A., Andersen, T. I. and Swärd, L. (2009) Preventing Low Back Pain, in Sports Injury Prevention (eds R. Bahr and L. Engebretsen), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Sports Medicine, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo, Norway

  2. 4

    Orthopaedic Center, Ullevaal University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University, Göteborg, Sweden

  2. 2

    National Center of Spinal Disorders, National Center of Pain and Complex Disorders, Trandheim University Hospital, St Olar, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162449

Online ISBN: 9781444303612



  • low back pain in young athletes;
  • low back pain in adult athletes;
  • prevalence of radiological abnormalities on X-rays and MRI;
  • radiological abnormalities in spine of athletes;
  • spondylolysis;
  • lumbar spine muscles - core stability/neuromuscular control;
  • Panjabi's model of stability;
  • improper sport technique and weak abdominal and leg muscles


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology

  • Anatomy and function of the spine

  • Key risk factors: how to identify athletes at risk

  • Typical injury mechanisms: examples from high-risk sports

  • Identifying risks in the training and competition program

  • Prevention methods

  • References

  • Further reading