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Cervical Spine Injuries in the Ice Hockey Player: Current Concepts in Epidemiology, Management and Prevention.

Authors
  • Morrissette, Cole1
  • Park, Paul J1
  • Lehman, Ronald A1
  • Popkin, Charles A1
  • 1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global Spine Journal
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
11
Issue
8
Pages
1299–1306
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/2192568220970549
PMID: 33203240
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This review article examines the biomechanics that underly hockey-related cervical spine injuries, the preventative measures to curtail them, optimal management strategies for the injured player and return to play criteria. Hockey is a sport with one of the highest rates of cervical spine injury, but by understanding the underlying pathophysiology and context in which these injuries can occur, it is possible to reduce their incidence and successfully manage the injured player. Multiple online databases including PubMed, Google Scholar, Columbia Libraries Catalog, Cochrane Library and Ovid MEDLINE were queried for original articles concerning spinal injuries in ice hockey. All relevant papers were screened and subsequently organized for discussion in our subtopics. Cervical fractures in ice hockey most often occur due to an increased axial load, with a check from behind the most common precipitating event. Despite the recognized risk for cervical spine trauma in ice hockey, further research is still needed to optimize protocols for both mitigating injury risk and managing injured players.

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