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Table 2 Self reported present LBP intensity by category (none, mild, discomforting) 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

Level Overall paina Odds ratio 95% CI
Elite (n = 271) None (n = 60, 22.1%) 0.54 0.38–0.75
  Mild (n = 97, 35.8%) 0.99 0.73–1.35
  Discomforting + (n = 114, 42.1%) 1.75 1.29–2.38
Semi-elite (n = 360) None (n = 120, 33.3%) 1.31 0.96–1.77
  Mild (n = 133, 36.9%) 1.08 0.81–1.45
  Discomforting + (n = 107, 29.7%) 0.71 0.53–0.96
Non-athletic (n = 148) None (n = 56, 37.8%) 1.53 1.05–2.22
  Mild (n = 50, 33.8%) 0.89 0.61–1.30
  Discomforting + (n = 42, 28.4%) 0.74 0.50–1.09
  1. a Question from MPQ-SF
  2. Breakdown of discomforting, distressing and excruciating pain for the groups were elite (n = 88, 24, 2), semi-elite (n = 93, 8, 6) and non-athletic (n = 39, 2, 1) respectively. These levels of pain have been combined and are described as "discomforting +"