Sideline and ringside evaluation for brain and spinal injuries

Neurosurg Focus. 2006 Oct 15;21(4):E8.


Participation in contact and collision sports carries an inherent risk of injury to the athlete, with damage to the nervous system producing the most potential for significant morbidity and death. Neurological injuries suffered during athletic competition must be treated promptly and correctly to optimize outcome, and differentiation between minor and serious damage is the foundation of sideline/ringside management of the injury. In this article the authors present a guide to the sideline or ringside identification and management of head and spinal injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Boxing / injuries
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Brain Injuries / etiology
  • Brain Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Brain Injuries / therapy
  • Humans
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Injuries / etiology
  • Spinal Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Spinal Injuries / therapy