The 'Burner' a Common Nerve Injury in Contact Sport Athletes
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.