Spinal injury considerations in the competitive diver: a case report and review of the literature

Spine J. Sep-Oct 2004;4(5):584-90. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2004.03.002.


Background context: Despite significant literature associated with spinal injuries and recreational diving, few articles exist regarding competitive diving injuries, with no reports pertaining specifically to spinal injuries. As a result, a case report of a collegiate diver with C5-C6 ligamentous instability requiring operative stabilization is currently presented in addition to a review of the literature.

Purpose: Present a case report of cervical C5-C6 ligamentous instability in a collegiate diver.

Study design: Case report and literature review.

Methods: Not applicable.

Results: Not applicable.

Conclusions: Diving injuries pertaining to competitive diving do occur but to a lesser extent than would be expected given the large forces the spine experiences. Training, experience and appropriate technique greatly minimize potential spinal hazards. Persistent complaints of neck pain after a competitive diving injury mandate aggressive evaluation and further workup.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / pathology*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Diving / injuries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neck Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Neck Injuries / pathology*
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Injuries / pathology*