Journal article

Neck/shoulder pain in adolescents is not related to the level or nature of self-reported physical activity or type of sedentary activity in an Australian pregnancy cohort

Andrew M Briggs, Leon M Straker, Natasha L Bear, Anne J Smith



BACKGROUND: An inconsistent relationship between physical activity and neck/shoulder pain (NSP) in adolescents has been reported in the literature. Earlier studies may be limited by not assessing physical activity in sufficient detail. The aim of this study was to comprehensively examine the association between NSP and the level and nature of physical activity, and type of sedentary activity in adolescents. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis using data from 924 adolescents in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (RAINE) study was performed. Complete data were available for 643 adolescents (54.6% female) at the 14-year follow-up. Physical activity was measured using a detailed self-report..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Raine study participants and their families and personnel involved in the Raine study, including Rosemary Austin, Lee Clohessy, Jemma Coleman, Alex D'Vauz, Clare Haselgrove, Monique Robinson, Nick Sloan, Mark Perry and Diane Wood for collection and/or processing of data. The authors acknowledge funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ( project grant # 323200, program grant # 003209), the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the Raine Foundation at the University of Western Australia, Healthway, Arthritis Australia, and the Arthritis Foundation of Western Australia. AB, AS and LS are supported by fellowships awarded from the NHMRC.