Cervical Spine and Sports: A Roundtable

Cervical spine injuries are, unfortunately, a common problem for athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, hockey, or rugby. One of the most challenging roles for the physician team that cares for elite athletes is the decision making regarding cervical spine injuries and return to play considerations.

Recently, AAOS Now convened a group of spine surgeons who care for elite and professional athletes to discuss this issue. Moderating the discussion and presenting a series of case studies was Andrew C. Hecht, MD, chief of spine surgery, associate professor of orthopaedic and neurosurgery, and director of the spine center at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. Joining him were the following:

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