One of the greatest fears in hockey is a neck injury caused by impact with the boards. Dr. Michael Stuart, Sports Medicine consultant for USA Hockey and orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries at the Mayo Clinic Looks at How to Decrease Neck Injuries in hockey. Dr. Stuart speaks with Dennis Douda of the Mayo Clinic News Network and recommends that players keep their heads up when hit and not duck as this can be worse in terms of delivering violent forces to the spine that can injure the spinal cord. Dr. Stuart goes on to recommend training to make this reaction second nature, as well as neck conditioning for players to strengthen the muscles in the neck.
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