Athletes returning to play after cervical spine or neurobrachial injury.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Volume 1, Issue 3-4, December 2008, Pages 175-179.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1007/s12178-008-9034-3. Copyright © Springer


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.

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