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Summary of the National Athletic Trainers' Association position statement on the acute management of the cervical spine-injured athlete.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20048537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The incidence of catastrophic cervical spine injury in sports is low compared with other injuries. However, cervical spine injuries necessitate delicate and precise management, often involving the combined efforts of a variety of health care providers. The outcome of a catastrophic cervical spine injury depends on the efficiency of this management process and timeliness of transfer to a controlled environment for diagnosis and treatment. The objective of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) position statement on the acute care of the cervical spine-injured athlete is to provide the certified athletic trainer, team physician, emergency responder, and other health care professionals with recommendations on how to best manage a catastrophic cervical spine injury in an athlete. Recommendations are based on current evidence pertaining to prevention strategies to reduce the incidence of cervical spine injuries in sport; emergency planning and preparation to increase management efficiency; maintaining or creating neutral alignment in the cervical spine; accessing and maintaining the airway; stabilizing and transferring the athlete with a suspected cervical spine injury; managing the athlete participating in an equipment-laden sport such as football, hockey, or lacrosse; and imaging considerations in the emergency department.
Authors:
Erik E Swartz; Laura C Decoster; Susan A Norkus; Barry P Boden; Kevin N Waninger; Ronald W Courson; Marybeth Horodyski; Robb S Rehberg;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Practice Guideline    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Physician and sportsmedicine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0091-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Sportsmed     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-05     Completed Date:  2010-03-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0427461     Medline TA:  Phys Sportsmed     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. eswartz@unh.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Athletic Injuries / therapy*
Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
Emergency Medicine*
Humans
Spinal Injuries / therapy*
Sports Medicine*

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