A literature review of the risk factors and successful Interventions for lumbar spine stress fractures in athletes.
You are required to conduct a literature review and critically analyse the evidence base surrounding lumbar stress fractures:
– Defining what stress fractures are
– How they are identified
– The risk factors and subsequent management of an athlete wanting to return to sport following a lumbar stress fracture.
You are encouraged to evaluate any sports-specific literature and where that is lacking or absent, makes critically reasoned suggestions as to the management of a lumbar stress fracture in an athlete. You can focus the literature review on a particular sport if you wish, or discuss it in relation to more than one sport. Examples include, Cricket, Gymnastics, long distance running, Fencing, Swimming.
At this level of study, the quality of the evidence you refer to is paramount, and where possible should be primary research i.e. not just using literature reviews as evidence for your own literature review!
Word count: 2500 Words (2650 MAX)
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