Soccer causes degenerative changes in the cervical spine


Kartal A., Yildiran I., Senkoylu A., Korkusuz F.

EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, vol.13, no.1, pp.76-82, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-003-0623-y
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-82
  • Keywords: cervical spine, soccer, low-impact recurrent trauma, biomechanics, radiology, magnetic resonance, ISOMETRIC STRENGTH, MOTION, INJURIES, PLAYERS, RANGE, MUSCULATURE, RELIABILITY, EXTENSION, IMPACT, DEVICE

Abstract

Background. Radiological changes and degeneration of the cervical spine have been previously described in soccer players. The onset of such changes was 10-20 years earlier than that of the normal population. The aim of this study was to assess these early degenerative changes in amateur active and veteran soccer players in a cross-sectional descriptive study using biomechanical, radiological, and magnetic resonance measures.