Perceptions of low back pain in elite gymnastics: a multi-disciplinary qualitative focus group study

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Perceptions of low back pain in elite gymnastics : a multi-disciplinary qualitative focus group study. / Fawcett, Louise; Heneghan, Nicola; James, Steven; Rushton, Ali.

In: Physical Therapy, Vol. 44, 07.2020, p. 33-40.

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title = "Perceptions of low back pain in elite gymnastics: a multi-disciplinary qualitative focus group study",
abstract = "Objectives: To explore the multidisciplinary team experience of Low Back Pain (LBP) in elite gymnastics.Design: A qualitative focus group.Setting: British Gymnastics.Participants: Ten coaching, sports science and medicine multidisciplinary team members working with British gymnasts.Main outcome measures: A topic guide informed by literature/expert opinion enabled discussion that was recorded/transcribed verbatim. Initial inductive analytic process developed theoretical insights. Manual coding using constant comparative methods categorised meaningful themes and sub-themes.Results: Two key aspects were identified. Emerging themes for LBP presentation included: earlyidentification LBP and influence of multidisciplinary team members on outcomes; factors influencing LBPreporting e.g. coach-athlete relationship; frequent presentations of LBP and accepted norms; athletehistory and physical examination e.g. training load. Emerging themes for causation of LBP included:intrinsic risk factors e.g. growth and maturation; extrinsic risk factors e.g. equipment.Conclusions: Individual responses of a gymnast to experiencing LBP were important across all themes.Some LBP was perceived as normal. The coach-athlete relationship and support team are crucial decision-makers around training load and adaptation. Early detection will help minimise time loss from training/performance to expedite healing.",
keywords = "Elite gymnastics, Focus group, Low back pain, Multi-disciplinary, Qualitative",
author = "Louise Fawcett and Nicola Heneghan and Steven James and Ali Rushton",
year = "2020",
month = jul,
doi = "10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.04.003",
language = "English",
volume = "44",
pages = "33--40",
journal = "Physical Therapy",
issn = "0031-9023",
publisher = "American Physical Therapy Association",

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