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Management of Cervical Spine Injuries-Primary Survey

On reaching the injured player, the primary objectives are to assess for immediately life-threatening conditions and to prevent further injury. The initial evaluation follows the ABCDE sequence of trauma care:

A, airway maintenance with cervical spine protection;

B, breathing and ventilation;

C, circulation;

D, disability (i.e., neurological status); and

E, exposure of the athlete.

During […]