What are some causes of neck sprains?

Neck sprains have different causes. Some of the most common causes are hitting with the top of the head when the neck is slightly bent, hitting that causes the neck to bend too much, and hitting that makes the neck extend too much.

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

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