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Published online 2017 Apr 19. doi:  10.1038/srep45975

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Runners have more hydrated (left) and hypertrophied (right) lumbar IVDs.

Values are mean(SD) averaged across all lumbar discs. Left panel: Higher T2-times indicate13 better IVD hydration and glycosaminoglycan content. Right panel: IVD height relative to vertebral body height. *p < 0.05; p < 0.01 and indicate significance of difference to the non-sporting group.