Radiographic changes in the lumbar spine in former professional football players: a comparative and matched controlled study

Oeztuerk A., Oezkan Y., Oezdemir R. M., Yalcin N., Akgoez S., Sarac V., ...More

EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, vol.17, no.1, pp.136-141, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-007-0535-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.136-141
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Heavy physical work and activity lead to degenerative changes, especially in the lumbar spine. We aimed to find out the occurence of radiographic changes (vertebral osteophytes, heights of lumbar dicsc, concavity index) and abnormalities of the lumbar spine in former professional football (association football or soccer) players according to their specialization (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward) in their past professional sport life.