A NEUROSURGEON'S VIEW OF SPORTS-RELATED INJURIES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: PDF OnlyA NEUROSURGEON'S VIEW OF SPORTS-RELATED INJURIES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEMGrabb, Paul A. MD Author Information From the Division of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama. Send reprint requests to Paul A. Grabb, MD, Children's Hospital of Alabama, 1600 Seventh Avenue South, ACC 400, Birmingham, AL 35233. The Neurologist: September 2000 - Volume 6 - Issue 5 - p 288-297 Buy Abstract BACKGROUND The purpose of this study is to provide information on the spectrum of injuries to the nervous system incurred during athletics. REVIEW SUMMARY A review of recent literature coupled with the author's experience is used to provide examples of common problems associated with athletes incurring injuries to their nervous systems and the subsequent management of these injuries. The recognition of seemingly minor injuries to the nervous system is of great importance for preventing subsequent injuries that are more severe. No athlete with an injury to the nervous system should participate in sports until he or she is asymptomatic from the injury during full exertion. CONCLUSIONS Athletes represent a highly motivated, healthy population that, when injured, requires not only appropriate therapy for their injuries but enforcement of restraint until it is safe to return to competition. (THE NEUROLOGIST 6:288-297, 2000) © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.