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Spinal Injuries In Sports

Coaches, parents and teens should know what to do in the event of an apparent spinal injury. First and foremost, never move the person yourself; doing so could lead to permanent paralysis. Summon emergency medical assistance. Among the signs that point to possible damage of the spine or spinal cord:

  • complaints of severe pain in the neck or back
  • complaints of weakness, numbness, paralysis in extremities
  • lack of control of the bladder, bowel or the limbs
  • the injured person sustained a massive blow to the head, the neck or the back
  • the neck or back appears twisted or out of position
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Caring for Your Teenager (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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