Sports-Related Cervical Spine Injuries - Background, Triage, and Prevention

Gregory W. Basil, S. Shelby Burks, Barth A. Green

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Cervical spinal injuries are a rare, but potentially devastating occurrence in sports. Although many of these injuries occur in unsupervised sports, they are also seen in organized sports - most commonly in football, wrestling, and ice hockey. Additionally, although each sport is associated with its own unique injury patterns, axial loading remains a common theme seen in cervical injuries associated with significant neurologic impairment. Regardless of the mechanism, a cautious and conservative approach should be taken with regards to evaluation, management, and return to play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1646
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical spine
  • spinal cord injury
  • sports injury
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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