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What are neck strains?

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Neck strain is often called whiplash. Although it's usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause it. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.

Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain.

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.




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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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