Athletes returning to play after cervical spine or neurobrachial injury.
The treatment algorithms for athletes with spine injuries follow similar guidelines as those for non-athletes in terms of deciding between surgical intervention and non-operative management. However, the athlete has unique postoperative demands and the decision to "allow" an athlete to return to competitive sports after a spinal or plexus injury can be difficult. This article reviews the several studies, available guidelines and peer-reviewed publications to aid in the decisions to allow athletes to return to sports. A set of recommendations concerning return to play after a spinal injury is provided.
Jeyamohan, Shiveindra; Harrop, James; Vaccaro, Alexander; and Sharan, Ashwini D, "Athletes returning to play after cervical spine or neurobrachial injury." (2008). Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Papers. Paper 55.