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Current Controversies-Removal of Protective Equipment

Although most prehospital personnel now accept the recommendations of the Inter-Association Task Force for Appropriate Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete, some concern exists on the part of prehospital care providers regarding the inability to fully evaluate the helmeted head and neck before transport to the hospital.

Historically, cervical spine protocols were designed for motorcycle helmets; […]

Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injuries-Unstable Fractures and Dislocations

As expected, unstable fractures and/or dislocations make up the majority of catastrophic spinal injuries in athletes. An osseous or ligament injury is considered to be unstable when it results in loss of the ability of the spine, under physiological loads, to maintain its premorbid patterns of motion, so there is no initial or additional damage […]