Med Sci Sports Exerc 2017 04;49(4):627-632
1Sports Medicine, Athletics Department, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; 2Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; 3Sports Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; and 4Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa, FL.
We report six cases of a novel syndrome of acute, exertional low back pain in football players, five in college and one in the National Football League. All six are African Americans with sickle cell trait (SCT). The acute low back pain is severe and can be disabling, and the condition can be confused with muscle strain, discogenic pain, stress fracture, or other problems in athletes. Read More