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What parts of the neck are most susceptible to sports injuries?

The small ligaments and muscles of the neck are most likely to be injured. Using the top of the head for contact makes the vertebrae susceptible to injury.

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

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