Association between lower back pain and lower extremity pain among young volleyball players: A cross-sectional study

Yutaka Yabe, Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Takuya Sekiguchi, Haruki Momma, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Kenji Kanazawa, Nobuyuki Itaya, Shinichirou Yoshida, Yasuhito Sogi, Toshihisa Yano, Takahiro Onoki, Eiji Itoi, Ryoichi Nagatomi

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Background: Lower back pain (LBP), as well as lower extremity injuries, are major problems among young volleyball players. Nevertheless, only few studies have focused on the relationship between lower extremity injuries and LBP. Objective: This study investigated the association between LBP and lower extremity pain, including knee and ankle pain, among young volleyball players. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Amateur sports association. Participants: Elementary and middle school-aged athletes (6–15 years of age). Main outcome measures: LBP and lower extremity pain. Results: A total of 566 young volleyball players participated in this study. The point prevalence of LBP among young volleyball players was 9.5%. Using absence of lower extremity pain as a reference, the adjusted odds ratio (95% confidence interval) for LBP was 11.07 (5.64–21.71) in the presence of lower extremity pain. Conclusions: LBP is associated with Lower extremity pain among young volleyball players. Careful attention should be paid to lower extremity complaints to prevent and treat LBP among young volleyball players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May


  • Lower back pain
  • Lower extremity pain
  • School-aged athletes
  • Volleyball

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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