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Why would someone be spine boarded?

Spine boarding is the usual means of initially treating and transporting someone with a possible injury to the spine, particularly the cervical spine (neck). Spine boarding allows medical personnel to immobilize a person with a possible cervical spine injury so that further damage to the spinal cord can be avoided.

(This answer provided for NATA by David McAllister, MAEd, ATC, LAT.)

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