Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between sit and reach test scores and low back pain among amateur soccer players.

Subjects: The subjects were forty two Nova Southeastern University students and nine full time workers.

Methodology: The subjects filled out a questionnaire, which asked questions on back pain and stretching exercises before and after playing a soccer game, and then their flexibility was measured by the sit and reach test. A pilot study was conducted on eight people to determine if any changes needed to be made to the questionnaire and to become proficient in using the sit and reach test.

Results: The Pearson Correlation Coefficient showed that there is a significant negative correlation between sit and reach test scores and low back pain, which means that as sit and reach test scores increase low back pain decreases.

Conclusion: This study indicates that low sit and reach test scores are certainly a factor in the development of low back pain among amateur soccer players between the ages of 18 to 35 years.


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