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Advice to athletes with back pain—get active! Seriously?

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  • Contributors All authors have made substantial contributions to the conception, design, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. All authors have revised it critically for important intellectual content and approved the final version. In doing so, we agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests KO’S, PO’S, MO’K and TJG provide professional development workshops for clinicians and coaches. TJG works as a consultant to several high-performance organisations, including sporting teams, industry, military and higher education institutions. Both KO’S and TJG serve in a voluntary capacity as Senior Associate Editors of BJSM. MO’K is a postdoctoral student of one of the authors involved in the Lancet series.

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