Return to contact sports after spinal surgery

Neurosurg Focus. 2006 Oct 15;21(4):E5. doi: 10.3171/foc.2006.21.4.6.


Decisions regarding the return of injured athletes to contact sports after spinal surgery can be complicated. The authors offer a brief overview of the return-to-play guidelines used successfully at their institution for the past two decades when caring for professional and amateur athletes after spinal surgery.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries
  • Spinal Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / injuries