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Why is any neck injury considered serious?

The neck contains many bones, nerves, and ligaments. These protect the spinal cord and help the neck and upper body move. Injuries to these structures may cause lasting injury or death if they are not recognized and treated correctly right away.

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

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