As most people know, many types of injuries commonly occur during sports or exercise. They usually involve damage to the muscles, bones, and other tissues such as cartilage. When participating in any sport, injuries to any part of the spine are possible. In fact, up to 20 percent of all sports injuries occur in the lower back or neck.
Lower Back Injury
The lower back is subject to a great deal of strain in many sports. Sports that use repetitive impact, such as running, a twisting motion, such as golf, or weight loading, such as weight lifting, commonly cause damage to the lower back.
The neck is most commonly injured in sports that involve contact, such as football, hockey, and soccer, which place the neck at risk of injury.
Upper Back Injury
The thoracic spine (mid portion of the spine at the level of the rib cage) is less likely to be injured because it is relatively immobile and has extra support. Injuries seen here can involve rib fractures and muscle in sports that involve rotation of the torso, such as weight training with rotation, swimming, golf, tennis, and skiing.