Navigation Links
Football Can Shrink Players

Spinal compression, equipment weight makes for temporary height loss, study says

FRIDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Repetitive blocking and the weight of helmets and pads may compress the spine enough to result in a temporary loss of height for some football players, a new study finds.

Previous research has suggested that gravity-related compression of the spine can cause a person to lose as much as 1 percent of their height in a normal day. Fortunately, this height loss is recovered during sleep.

In this study, researchers looked at 10 football players whose positions were most likely to expose them to repetitive longitudinal loading of the spine over the course of a game due to blocking, tackling and other maneuvers.

Each player's height was measured before and after the game. Their average pre-game height was 176.56 centimeters, and their average post-game height was 175.81 centimeters.

"The results indicate that high school football players' heights decrease during the course of a game by almost one full centimeter," study author Brian J. Campbell said in a prepared statement.

"The decrease is likely due to the intermittent high-impact compressive loading of the spinal column during a football game, as well as the low-impact continuous compressive forces from equipment weight. In a game such as football, one centimeter could mean the difference between a game-winning catch or a blocked field goal," Campbell said.

He noted that hydration may play a role in this height loss through the release of fluid from the vertebrae via osmosis. Future research is required to pinpoint why football players lose height during a game, Campbell said.

The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, in Indianapolis.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about football.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American College of Sports Medicine, news release, May 28, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Novel Cooling Therapy May Have Aided Injured Football Player
2. Physical Therapist Provides Injury Analysis for Fantasy Football
3. High school footballers wearing special helmets to monitor brain injuries
4. Over one-third of former American football players had sexual relations with men, study says
5. Professional Football Takes the Field to Tackle Prostate Cancer
6. Football game days tops for drinking among college students
7. AUDIO from Medialink and Prilosec: Your Chance to get to Footballs Biggest Game
8. Arizona-Based Healthy Lifestyle Corporate Events Helps Football Fans Commit to Good Health
9. Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Jim Kelly Urges Congress to Approve the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act
10. Childrens Miracle Network and Arena Football League Partner for First Nationwide Celebration Event
11. Shrinkage of prostate led to overestimation of cancer risk in trial
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Football Can Shrink Players
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... ... Lutronic, a leading innovator of aesthetic and medical laser and energy-based technology, ... in the United States. Clarity is a Superior Dual Wavelength Platform which combines ... single platform that is easy to own and operate. , For over a ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... TCS Healthcare Technologies (TCS), a leading ... arenas, is pleased to announce that VIP Care Services, a Caprock Health Group ... ACUITY Complete Care™ Management to back their collaborative catastrophic case management initiatives. ACUITY ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PYA’s latest white paper, ... addresses a main “pain point” for merging or aligning healthcare provider organizations—when mergers ... is signed. This quick-read guidance suggests that failing to recognize the power ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... XTC Semifinals 2016 - CES, Las Vegas, ... Las Vegas for CES 2016, the world’s largest Consumer Electronic Show, where they will ... Shapiro, Founding Partner of Pacific Investments Veronica Serra, and venture capitalist Tim Draper among ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PartnerTech , a ... and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech North America, currently serves ... a significant amount of time in Sweden since joining PartnerTech based in Malmo, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... och UPPSALA, Sverige, December 1, 2015 ... International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG, ... Bryssel) att ingå i en klinisk studie av ... --> --> Studien, med namn ... behandlas med anti-hormonella läkemedel i kombination med palbociclib, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Minn. and BASEL, Switzerland ... Laboratories, Inc. (Upsher-Smith), through its wholly-owned UK subsidiary ... further development of a novel, oral small molecule inhibitor ... that may be effective in the treatment of inflammatory ... clinical development. --> --> ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 1, 2015 Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ) ... IMMY ) to drive access to a low-cost alternative to ... toxoplasmosis that has been recently priced out of reach for ... systems. --> --> Imprimis ... (a form of folic acid) for $1 per capsule for people ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: