A longitudinal study about the morphology of the cervical vertebral body in collegiate American football players

Hiroyuki Watanabe, Naoki Takeda, Naomi Torii, Suguru Torii

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the degenerative change of the cervical spine in American football (AF) players. The subjects were 27 collegiate AF players who had an annual radiological examination of the cervical spine. X-ray films of the lateral view were read by digital scanner and the anterior and posterior height of each spine (C3-C6) was measured. The subjects were divided into two groups based on experience of AF in high school (inexperienced and experienced) or the position played (lines and backs). Although the anterior height did not change from the first grade to fourth grade, the posterior height of C 4, C 5 and C6 significantly increased (P<0.05). The experienced group showed a faster increase in the rate of posterior height than the inexperienced group. Also, the backs group showed a faster increase in the rate of posterior height than the lines group. The increased posterior height, which sometimes includes bony spur, results in kyphotic change of cervical alignment and impingement of the cervical nerve root. The faster growth rate in experienced or backs groups suggests that higher mechanical stress to the cervical spine and younger start of AF caused degeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
Journaljapanese journal of physical fitness and sports medicine
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb

Keywords

  • Cervical Vertebra
  • Football
  • Spinal Osteophytosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A longitudinal study about the morphology of the cervical vertebral body in collegiate American football players'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this