I've read a couple reports that low back pain is common in adults of all ages. Since I'm an active adult and very athletic will I be spared this kind of problem?

Many studies report up to 80 percent of all adults will have back pain at some time in their lives. Physically active and fit adults are less likely to have back pain.

Athletes do report low back pain from time to time. The rate of back pain is higher among athletes who are involved in several sports events. It's lower than in the average adult population.

Triathletes involved in football, track and field events, distance running, tennis, weight lifting, skiing, gymnastics and/or wrestling have reported back pain in up to 63 percent of the athletes.

Back prevention is always a good idea in all ages and for all occupations. Physical activity and exercise, proper posture, and using safe ways to lift may help reduce back pain.