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When can a player return to play after suffering a stinger injury?

A player must be symptom-free before returning to play after a stinger injury. All sensations of pain, burning, stinging, tingling, and numbness must be gone, and the player must have full strength on both sides of his body.

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

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