Thematic area 4: Low back pain and muscle injuries

Co-ordinator: Nikolaos Kofotolis, Assistant professor

The purpose is to examine of a) the mechanisms musculo-skeletal injuries of athletes b) the mechanics of low back pain and c) the design of screening tests and appropriate interventions for preventing injuries

Specific research areas:

  1. Muscle imbalances and pelvis function: We test the hypothesis that a percentage of injuries is due to functional imbalances between muscles which influence pelvic movement
  2. Intervention for low back pain prevention or treatment: The purpose is to design various interventions for preventing low back pain and injuries on the basis of correcting muscle imbalances and movement re-education.
  3. Mechanisms and epidemiology of sport injuries: The purpose is to develop screen tests and to monitor injury mechanisms in sports and special populations