BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a common injury among athletes. The management
of this disability is as ambiguous as its diagnosis, with no universally accepted treatment.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate collegiate certified athletic trainer’s (ATC)
treatment of low back pain and their utilization of chiropractic services. METHODS:
Surveys were emailed to 500 collegiate ATCs, yielding 151 responses. RESULTS: The
majority (46.6%) selected core strengthening/stabilization as their number one preferred
method of low back pain treatment. About half (49.7%) reported an ATC or staff
performed lumbar joint mobilizations, where 52.3% stated their institution had a
chiropractor as part of their staff. Seventy-seven percent of the reporting institutions have
referred an athlete with low back pain to a chiropractor. CONCLUSION: Core
strengthening/stabilization was the number one preferred treatment of low back pain.
There is also significant involvement of chiropractors in the treatment of low back pain in
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. July 2010. Major: Kinesiology. Advisor: Dr. Stacy Ingraham. 1 computer file (PDF);iv, 66 pages, appendices A-D.
Lepley, Adam Scott.
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