The 'Burner' a Common Nerve Injury in Contact Sport Athletes
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But recommending or requiring every football player, for instance, to wear
equipment to protect from burners would be impractical, according to Kuhlman.
"Players at the skill positions like wide receiver or quarterback generally
desire greater rotational motion of the neck to see the ball, to observe
opponents, and to play their positions. Wearing a neck roll or cowboy collar
will limit some of that rotational motion and feel cumbersome," he tells
WebMD. "The players at positions most at risk for this injury -- namely
those who block and tackle the most -- should consider wearing this type of
equipment, even in the absence of identified risk factors."
In addition to using the proper protective gear, the authors caution that
flexibility and strength of the neck, shoulder, and arms are very important in
determining the severity of the condition. They recommend stretching exercises
and a 'chest-out' posture along with muscle-building exercises to minimize the
chances of this injury.
- Burners are injuries caused by trauma to the neck and shoulder that result
in a burning pain that travels down the arm, often accompanied by numbness and
- Symptoms are usually short-lived, but severe injuries can last for weeks or
months, and athletes should not return to playing contact sports until full
range of motion is regained.
- Experts advise that protective equipment, such as a neck roll or cowboy
collar, be worn by athletes who are at high risk for sustaining burners.