Concussed athletes who return to play too soon and sustain a repeat concussion may suffer cumulative effects that prolong recovery and compromise school performance. Here’s advice for avoiding that scenario.
Spine defects causing vertebral slippage often require activity restriction plus other therapies, but typically not surgery. Wise management focuses on pain control to allow healing and activity resumption.
Adolescent athletes and their parents want to know if and when they can return to play after spine fusion surgery. The news is increasingly — but not always — what they’re hoping to hear.
About 50 percent of football players who return to play after a transient episode of cervical cord neurapraxia experience a second episode. Here’s guidance for navigating return-to-play decisions after cervical spine insults.