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Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2008 Dec;1(3-4):175-9. doi: 10.1007/s12178-008-9034-3. Epub 2008 Aug 26.

Athletes returning to play after cervical spine or neurobrachial injury.

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Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.


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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