A 16-year-old hockey player received a vertical compression injury to his cervical spine, when while being pursued into the corner to retrieve a puck, he lost an edge and fell, and went head first into the boards. The axial load to his cervical spine was attenuated somewhat as he also took some of the blow with his extended right upper extremity. Following the collision with the boards, he lay motionless on the ice for 10 minutes. He was taken to the emergency room on a spine board, where he complained of right elbow pain, and pain in his “back”.
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