Are women more likely than men to injure their backs in college sports events?

Several studies have looked for possible predictors of back injury among college athletes. One group of researchers looked at age, type of sport (contact versus noncontact), gender (male versus female), and economic background. There were no differences in rates of back injury based on these variables. The most important risk factor for back injury in both men and women was a previous back injury in the last five years.

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