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Sports Management: Neck and Cervical Spine Injuries

Chiro.Org Blog: The anterior and lateral aspects of the neck contain a wide variety of vital structures, yet have no bony protection. Partial protection is provided by the cervical muscles, the mandible, and the shoulder girdle. Williams/Sperryn report that back and neck injuries form 10%–20% of sports injuries. The peak incidence occurs in the third decade, with 90% of the accidents occurring in males. Body build does not appear to be a major factor. High-speed sports such as seen with vehicle accidents, football backs and ends, gymnastics, diving, skiing, surfing, and horseback riding have the highest injury rate. […]