Cervical and Thoracic Spine Injuries

  • Pierre d’Hemecourt
  • Jessica Flynn Deede


Cervical spine injuries are very common in contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey, and rugby. It has been estimated that up to 15% of football athletes suffer from some cervical spine injury. The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury reported over the 12-yr period between 1982 and 1994 there were 450 catastrophic injuries, and 75% involved the cervical spine (1). Although thoracic spine injuries are less frequently involved in catastrophic injury, they do occur in the adolescent athlete participating in hockey, football, gymnastics, and wrestling, as well as other contact sports.


Cervical Spine Brachial Plexus Disc Herniation Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Thoracic Spine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre d’Hemecourt
    • 1
  • Jessica Flynn Deede
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Sports MedicineChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedics, Division of Sports MedicineHarvard University, Children’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA

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