Purpose To assess the presence of control impairment (CI) of the lumbopelvic region in the axial plane in men without low back pain (LBP) with CI in the sagittal plane. Methods: Twenty-four males, between 18 and 23 of age, BMI = normal, who did not report episodes of LBP in the 12 months prior to the study, were studied. Assessment of the sagittal control of the lumbopelvic region was performed during stand to sit. Nine participants demonstrated CI in sagittal plane and 15 did not. An active hip lateral rotation (HLR) test was performed, in which lumbopelvic rotation during HLR was assessed using a three-dimensional motion analysis system. Results: Patients with CI in sagittal plane had a greater percentage of their total lumbopelvic pelvic rotation at 60% of HLR range compared to those without CI (p < 0.05; d = 0.93). No significant differences in the total lumbopelvic and HLR range of motion were found between the groups. Conclusion: Men without LBP who experience CI of the lumbopelvic region in the sagittal plane also show CI in the axial plane. The control deficiencies were not related to the total range of lumbopelvic or HLR range of motion.
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