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How much force would it take to break the neck?

The amount of force needed to break a neck bone is different from person to person. It also depends on the position of the head and neck when the injury happens. For example, when the neck is slightly bent, it is much more vulnerable to injury.

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

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