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Table 1 Subject characteristics and results of the QVAS and MPQ-SF questionnaires by group (n = 779)

From: Low back pain status in elite and semi-elite Australian football codes: a cross-sectional survey of football (soccer), Australian rules, rugby league, rugby union and non-athletic controls

  Elite Semi-elite Non-athletes P value
Number 271 360 148  
Mean age (SD) 23.3 (4.0) 23.6 (4.0) 23.9 (4.5) 0.42
Age range 17–39 16–46 18–39  
LBP nowa, b (SD) 25.4 (22.6) 17.7 (21.5) 11.2 (15.3) <0.001
LBP averagea (SD) 24.9 (19.8) 19.4 (19.0) 11.2 (12.3) <0.001
LBP besta (SD) 8.5 (11.9) 5.2 (9.1) 2.3 (4.9) <0.001
LBP worsta (SD) 56.2 (27.6) 48.1 (28.6) 39.8 (25.3) <0.001
Sensory pain scoreb (SD) 16.5 (14.0) 12.8 (12.4) 9.8 (9.2) <0.001
Affective pain scoreb (SD) 8.4 (13.2) 6.9 (11.6) 5.6 (8.2) 0.047
Total pain scoreb (SD) 14.3 (13.0) 12.2 (13.6) 9.3 (9.9) <0.001
  1. a Questions from the QVAS
  2. "LBP now" refers to the question: How much LBP do you have right now?
  3. "LBP average" refers to the question: What is your typical or average pain?
  4. "LBP best" refers to the question: What is your pain level at its best (How close to "0" does your pain get at its best)?
  5. "LBP worst" refers to the question: What is your pain level at its worst (How close to "10" does your pain get at its worst)?
  6. b Questions from the MPQ-SF