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Can you prevent whiplash?

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There isn't much you can do to prevent whiplash caused by an accident. But there are some things you can do to improve your odds:

  • Practice strengthening exercises to keep your neck muscles strong and limber, especially if you've had neck strain before.
  • If you sit in the same position all day, take regular breaks to stretch and exercise your neck.

From: Neck Strain and Whiplash WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports."  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain."  Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury."  Davis, M.F., et al, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports."  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain."  Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury."  Davis, M.F., et al, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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