Modificazioni biomeccaniche e alterazioni traumatiche del rachide lombo-sacrale negli sport equestri. Valutazione con Risonanza Magnetica

Translated title of the contribution: Biomechanical changes and injuries of the lumbar spine in equitation. MR findings

Casimiro Simonetti, Domenico Lupoi, Guido Di Giambattista, Vincenzo Sessa, Maurizio Rosati, Antonio Orlacchio

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Spinal injuries account for 5-15% of sport-related traumas. Equestrian sports are considered, together with rugby, motor sport and diving, the riskiest sport for severe spinal injuries. We investigated the biomechanical changes and repeated microtraumas in equitation. We examined with MR the lumbar spines of 12 professional horsewomen and horsemen, 18-51 years old (mean: 33.4 years), belonging to F.I.S.E. (the Italian Federation for Equestrian Sports) and classified as Olympic riders, Senior and Young European riders. An 0.3-T resistive and an 0.2-T permanent magnets with dedicated surface coils were used. We also examined a control group of non-professional healthy volunteers homogeneous by age. MR findings were classified as follows: 1) changes in normal bending and angles of the lumbar spine; 2) injuries and changes in lumbar disks; 3) changes in spinal ligaments; 4) vertebral body injuries. MR was very sensitive in the assessment of all lumbosacral components in all the athletes; besides yielding useful findings to integrate with clinical results, MR also has a predictive value relative to both the continuation of sports activity and the possible damage at the end of it.

Translated title of the contributionBiomechanical changes and injuries of the lumbar spine in equitation. MR findings
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)542-546
Number of pages5
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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