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Engaging in competitive sport

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Last amended 
16 June 2015

Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis - Engaging in competitive sport Factor

The RMA has not defined this term, however, the types of sport that meet the factor description – repetitive and forceful hyperextension, torsion or rotation against resistance of the lumbar spine – would include most body contact sports such as rugby and other football codes;  fast bowling in cricket;  gymnastics;  weight lifting;  rowing;  and javelin throwing.  Memberships and affiliations with sporting bodies and clubs would be an expected prerequisite for high level engagement in competitive sports.

Last reviewed for CCPS 16 September 2011.

Investigative Documents
Type Title PDF Format Word Format
Claimant Report
Engaging in competitive sport
CR9259.pdf
CR9259.docx
Preliminary questions [35846]

35847 there is some evidence that engaging in competitive sport may be a factor in the development of the condition under consideration.

28743 the condition under consideration involves the lumbar spine.

24334  the veteran's spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis is lumbar spondylolytic spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

29357 the condition under consideration is lumbar spondylolysis.

35848 the veteran was less than 25 years of age at the time of the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

35849 the veteran has engaged in competitive sport that requires repetitive and forceful hyperextension, torsion or rotation against resistance of the lumbar spine at some time.

35850  the veteran has established the causal connection between engaging in competitive sport and operational service for the clinical onset of lumbar spondylolytic spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

Clinical onset and operational service [35850]

35852 the veteran engaged in competitive sport that requires repetitive and forceful hyperextension, torsion or rotation against resistance of the lumbar spine for an average period of at least 10 hours a week for the six months before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

35853 operational service made a material contribution to the veteran engaging in competitive sport that requires repetitive and forceful hyperextension, torsion or rotation against resistance of the lumbar spine for an average period of at least 10 hours a week for the six months before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.