It turns out that lower back pain is something that has to be taken very seriously with adolescents. Kids who are in their growth spurt or just finishing their growth spurt are very vulnerable to a condition called spondylolysis which is a stress fracture in the lower spine. Pitchers are especially vulnerable, and players who are increasing their activity level such as freshman doing winter workouts for baseball are vulnerable. For those of you with football players, football lineman are even more vulnerable.
It turns out that my son has this and he could be out from 4 to 6 months.
Repeated hyperextension is the primary cause of Spondylolysis.