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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. […]

Sports Management: Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Chiro.Org Blog: The diagnosis of neurologic injuries and diseases can be frustrating because of the transient nature of many symptoms and signs. In addition to frequent symptomatic peaks and valleys, neurologic symptoms may mimic a large variety of organic and functional disturbances. The various aspects of general nerve injury which do not lend themselves to a regional basis are discussed in this section. Some of the topics discussed will be infrequently seen in the active athlete, but they often arise with the week-end athlete who seeks attention long after the condition has manifested. […]

General Principles of Clinical Neurology

Chiro.Org Blog: The nervous system and the endocrine system work as partners to provide the majority of functional control for body processes. Guyton, the renowned physiologist, describes the basic function of the nervous system to be the controlling factor for rapid activities such are necessary for muscle contraction, rapidly changing visceral events, and the rate of endocrine secretions. The dominant action of the nervous system over the physical processes of the body is called neurarchy. In contrast to the nervous system, the endocrine system principally regulates the metabolic functions of the body and controls prolonged physiologic activities. […]