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Hellqvist, Jonas
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Berglund, L., Aasa, B., Hellqvist, J., Michaelson, P. & Aasa, U. (2015). Which patients with low back pain benefit from deadlift training?. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(7), 1803-1811
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, ISSN 1064-8011, E-ISSN 1533-4287, Vol. 29, no 7, p. 1803-1811Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent studies have indicated that the deadlift exercise may be effective in decreasing pain intensity and increasing activity for most, but not all, patients with a dominating mechanical low back pain pattern. This study aimed to evaluate which individual factors measured at baseline could predict activity, disability, and pain intensity in patients with mechanical low back pain after an 8-week training period involving the deadlift as a rehabilitative exercise. Thirty-five participants performed deadlift training under the supervision of a physical therapist with powerlifting experience. Measures of pain-related fear of movement, hip and trunk muscle endurance and lumbopelvic movement control were collected at baseline. Measures of activity, disability and pain intensity were collected at baseline and at follow-up. Linear regression analyses were used to create models to predict activity, disability and pain intensity at follow-up. Results showed that participants with less disability, less pain intensity and higher performance on the Biering-Sørensen test, which tests the endurance of hip and back extensor muscles, at baseline benefit from deadlift training. The Biering-Sørensen test was the strongest predictor since it was included in all predictive models. Pain intensity was the next best predictor as it was included in two predictive models. Thus, for strength and conditioning professionals who use the deadlift as a rehabilitative exercise for individuals with mechanical low back pain, it is important to ensure that clients have sufficient back extensor strength and endurance and a sufficiently low pain intensity level to benefit from training involving the deadlift exercise.

motor control, resistance training, Biering-Sørensen test, pain intensity, prediction
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100463 (URN)10.1519/JSC.0000000000000837 (DOI)000357270000006 ()25559899 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-03-03 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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