top of page

Spinal Stress Fractures in Athletes. Who’s to blame?

There is a growing concern happening now to our young athletes. Lumbar Spine stress fractures are on the rise. Who is to blame?

Stress fractures occur because of overuse and repeated tensions, usually a torque, on the bone. It can happen as a change of activity or too much of the same activity.

In the case of spinal stress fractures, in the lower back, it is commonly found in athletes who use a high amount of rotation (baseball pitchers and hitters) or in those that have to quickly change direction of movement (soccer, tennis).

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins–not through strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown

Repeated stress on a bone no matter how strong it is will eventually wear down and break.

In the cases I have been seeing lately there seems to be an alarming number involving the lower…


Dr. Donna Copertino is the Director of Back in Action: Athletic performance training center and Founder and Lead Instructor of Move Better Perform Better.

For free Sport Specific Flexibility training we recommend this Youtube channel Standard of Flexibility.

101 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page