Prevention of Low Back Pain in the Military: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Annual rept. 1 Jun 2008-31 May 2009
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE
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The third year of the Prevention of Low Back Pain in the Military POLM clinical trial was successful. The research team was able to complete all Year 3 tasks in a timely fashion. Study recruitment was completed in the previous year, so follow-up data collection was the primary goal of Year 3. The study website httpspolm.ufl.edu continued to be the platform for follow-up data collection during Year 3. The research team reported 3 platform presentations at a national physical therapy conference. In addition POLM related manuscripts were accepted for publication in Mil Med, Eur Spine J and Med Sci Sports Exerc. Our preliminary analyses suggest that the education intervention reduced negative beliefs about low back pain, while the core stabilization exercise program did not adversely affect sit-up performance, and in fact, was associated with a small improvement in sit-up performance. These data provide important short term evidence to support our hypotheses related to long term prevention of low back pain.
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