Table 3

Types of anatomical abnormalities observed in asymptomatic adult professional rugby players (102 players out of the 127 examined) between 2002 and 2006

Age2002–2003 and 2003–2004 seasons (static study only)2004–2005 and 2005–2006 seasons (static and dynamic study)
<21 years old, (n = 57)≥21 years old (n = 70)<21 years old (n = 25)>21 years old (n = 54)
Players with abnormality12441035
Degenerative discopathy9*341032
Disc hernia2173†10†
Abnormal signal of medulla01†01
Atrophy of spinal cord0101
Congenital fusion01†01
Surgical fusion02†00
Morphologic congenital1000
abnormalities of vertebral
  • * Counts do not add up to the group size given that several different abnormalities could be observed for the same player.

  • Also observed with degenerative discopathy.