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A cross-sectional investigation of back pain beliefs and fear in physiotherapy and sport undergraduate students

Black, C, Mallows, A, Waterworth, S, Freeman, P, Hope, E and Liew, BXW (2023) A cross-sectional investigation of back pain beliefs and fear in physiotherapy and sport undergraduate students. PLoS One, 18 (4). e0284754-e0284754. ISSN 1932-6203

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Background Although low back pain (LBP) beliefs have been well investigated in mainstream healthcare discipline students, the beliefs within sports-related study students, such as Sport and Exercise Science (SES), Sports Therapy (ST), and Sport Performance and Coaching (SPC) programmes have yet to be explored. This study aims to understand any differences in the beliefs and fear associated with movement in students enrolled in four undergraduate study programmes–physiotherapy (PT), ST, SES, and SPC. Method 136 undergraduate students completed an online survey. All participants completed the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) and Back Beliefs Questionnaire (BBQ). Two sets of two-way between-subjects Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were conducted for each outcome of TSK and BBQ, with the independent variables of the study programme, study year (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and their interaction. Results There was a significant interaction between study programme and year for TSK (F(6, 124) = 4.90, P < 0.001) and BBQ (F(6, 124) = 8.18, P < 0.001). Post-hoc analysis revealed that both PT and ST students had lower TSK and higher BBQ scores than SES and SPC students particularly in the 3rd year. Conclusions The beliefs of clinicians and trainers managing LBP are known to transfer to patients, and more negative beliefs have been associated with greater disability. This is the first study to understand the beliefs about back pain in various sports study programmes, which is timely, given that the management of injured athletes typically involves a multidisciplinary team.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Public Library of Science
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 08:40
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2023 08:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0284754
Editors: Reddy, RSY
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20878
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