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Field care and evaluation of the child or adolescent athlete with acute neck injury

Authors
Jason E Decker, MD, FAAP
Albert C Hergenroeder, MD
Section Editors
Joseph Chorley, MD
Richard G Bachur, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH

INTRODUCTION

The prehospital evaluation and initial management of the young athlete with an acute neck injury will be discussed here. The approach to the athlete with a complaint of neck pain or injury and overviews of musculoskeletal, cervical spinal cord, and cervical peripheral nerve injuries are presented separately. (See "Approach to the child or adolescent athlete with neck pain or injury" and "Overview of musculoskeletal neck injuries in the child or adolescent athlete" and "Overview of cervical spinal cord and cervical peripheral nerve injuries in the child or adolescent athlete".)

EVALUATION

The prehospital care and evaluation of young athletes with acute neck injuries include the following steps [1]:

Preparation

Suspicion and recognition

Stabilization and safety

               

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