Soccer causes degenerative changes in the cervical spine

Kartal A., Yildiran İ. , Senkoylu A., KORKUSUZ F.

EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, vol.13, no.1, pp.76-82, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-003-0623-y
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-82


Background. Radiological changes and degeneration of the cervical spine have been previously described in soccer players. The onset of such changes was 10-20 years earlier than that of the normal population. The aim of this study was to assess these early degenerative changes in amateur active and veteran soccer players in a cross-sectional descriptive study using biomechanical, radiological, and magnetic resonance measures.