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What are some restrictions for an athlete after a serious neck injury?

If a doctor has cleared the athlete to play, there may not be any restrictions. In football, a special collar may be added to the shoulder pads to limit neck motion. The athlete must focus on using good tackling technique.

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

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