Strains and Sprains

Most sports-related neck injuries are mild and self-limiting. Patients with muscle strains and ligament sprains typically present with minor complaints and no neurologic symptoms. More significant injury should be suspected in the presence of significant cervical muscle spasm, tentative active range of motion (ROM), severe pain, or abnormal neurologic signs. Evaluation includes active cervical ROM and strength testing of the neck and upper extremities. Manual compression and axial loading to the cervical spine (Spurling's maneuver) should not cause pain or radicular symptoms and is helpful in ruling out more significant injury (Magee, 1997). The athlete is cleared to return to play when full pain-free ROM and normal strength of the cervical spine are restored.

Soccer Fitness 101

Soccer Fitness 101

Be a star on the field in no time! Get Fit For The Soccer Field In 10 Easy Steps! With soccer season looming just around the corner it’s never too early to start getting ready. Soccer is an intense game, and it’s going to take a lot of work on your part to make sure that you’re ready to stay ahead of your competition out on that field.

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