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Proper tackling techniques should be taught to adolescent football players to prevent catastrophic cervical spine injury. These injuries most commonly occur through which of the following mechanisms?
Axial loading of the subaxial spine that occurs with spear tackling
Traction injury leading to nerve-root avulsion from arm tackling
Excessive lateral bending from high impact shoulder tackling
Flexion-distraction injuries due to a whiplash mechanism during cut blocking
Rotational injuries from pulling on the face mask during a tackle
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21-year-old college football player sustains transient loss of motor function in his arms after a collision. Which of the following is an absolute contraindication to return to play?
Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion for one level disk herniation
Torg ratio of less than 0.8 with no other neurologic symptoms
Cord signal changes in the MRI
Frequent episodes of stingers when he was in high school
Chronic neck and back pain