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Are all neck injuries serious?

Not all neck injuries end up being serious. However, all neck injuries should be treated as if they are serious from the start. This means that the neck should be stabilized and the patient should be kept on a spine board.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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