Spine Injury

Spine Injury

Of the 11,000 annual cases of spinal cord injury in the United States, sport participation is the second leading cause for individuals between the ages of 16 and 30.

According to the 2009 NATA position statement, an average of 7.8 catastrophic cervical spinal injuries with incomplete recovery and six quadriplegic events occur annually in football alone. Advances in research and rule changes have paved the way towards improvements in prevention and best practices management of acute spinal injury.

NATA Position Statements


NATA Official Statements


Spine Injury in Sport Group

The Spine Injury in Sport Group (SISG) was developed out of the prior Inter-Association Task Force on Pre-Hospital Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete. NATA partnered with The Sports Institute at UW Medicine, University of Washington Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and NCAA to participate in and assist with sponsoring the project. The SISG used the international concussion group and their consensus statements as a model of development.


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