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How is a stinger injury diagnosed?

To diagnose a stinger injury, the athlete's strength and sense of touch are checked on both sides of his body. This is done by checking the nerves that branch from the spinal cord in the neck. Strength is checked via shoulder shrugging, side arm raising, elbow bending, elbow straightening, finger bending, and finger spreading. Sense of touch is checked behind the ear, along the side of the neck, and on the top of the shoulders. Sense of touch is also checked from the shoulder to the elbow, the elbow to the tip of the thumb, the middle finger and to the elbow, the tip of the pinky finger to the elbow, and the elbow to the armpit.

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

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