Medicolegal aspects of athletic cervical spine injury

Clin Sports Med. 1998 Jan;17(1):147-54. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70069-7.


Approximately 10,000 Americans suffer catastrophic cervical spinal cord injuries each year. Most are caused by automobile accidents; however, many of these crippling injuries are related to participation in sports. This article evaluates the legal aspects of neck injury resulting from participation in a number of athletic events, including football, wrestling, gymnastics, snow skiing, ice hockey, diving, and surfing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Legislation, Medical*
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnosis
  • Spinal Injuries / epidemiology
  • Spinal Injuries / etiology*
  • Sports / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • United States / epidemiology