Lower Back Injuries are Common in Young Athletes

A recent study conducted at Loyola University Medical Center showed that lower back injuries were the third most common injury in young (high school and college) athletes behind knee injuries and ankle injuries.

One place in particular that causes lower back pain in athletes is a trigger point located in the gluteus maximus—a thick extensor muscle necessary for stair climbing, power push offs and jumping. A developing trigger point in this large muscle may be perceived as lower back pain or hip pain and can be greatly relieved through neuromuscular massage.

Because repeated lower back injuries can lead to chronic back problems, sports massage is often used by colleges and some high schools to keep young athletes in top shape.

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