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Football and Cervical Spine Injuries

Friday Night Lights

Mcintosh Vs. Starr's Mill

Photo Credit – Fayette Daily News

Last Friday night was the showdown between the home teams – Mcintosh vs. Starr’s Mill. Fans from around Peachtree City and Fayetteville came to watch their friends, neighbors and even their own children play in this rivalry.

Lets take a minute to focus on those players. Football players, whether little league, middle school, or high school are concerned about making the team, playing their best at game time and staying healthy. They probably don’t worry too much about their cervical spine…

BUT, A 2009 study “Cervical Spine Injuries and the Return to Football” has shown a strong correlation between an athlete’s neck curve (cervical curve), and the extent of injury sustained during head-first or direct impact blows to the front-top of the skull.

What does this mean to you and your young athlete?

In the study, athletes presenting with straight or reversed cervical curves were prone to complex injuries to tissue and nerve roots, while those who maintain a normal cervical curve reduced the chance of long-term and complex injuries.

We understand that every player wants to stay on the field, and at Dynamic Spine Center we are equipped to screen for your athlete’s cervical curve before, during and after the season. Every athlete, from 1st string to 4th should include a routine screening for neck curve abnormalities.

Remember, a correct cervical curve not only protects athletes from complex injuries, but also ensures optimal health and wellness for daily life. Call 770-876-2229 for appointment information.

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  1. J. Tinker says
    Oct 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    This is great information, Dr. Walton. Research shows that a reduced or reversed spinal curve in a young athlete's neck can be a reliable predictor of more serious trauma resulting from the same impact that may not harm someone with proper curves. Parents of all young athletes, should consider spinal analysis in your clinic as an important part of their child's sports physical. Prevention is key!

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