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What types of neck injuries can affect the spinal cord?

Injuries to the bones or ligaments of the neck can affect the spinal cord. These include broken or dislocated vertebrae. The spinal cord itself can also be bruised when impact is made with the top of the head and the neck slightly bent.

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

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