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Does poor posture increase the risk for neck injuries?

Poor posture may increase the risk of neck injury. Bad posture can cause some muscles to get shorter and weaker. It can also stretch and weaken other muscles. This changes the balance in the muscles, which increases the chance of injury.

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

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