March 06, 2017
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Sports activities at the 18th EFORT Congress: All about the spine

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Regardless of incidence, cervical spine injuries are always dreaded in sports practice, especially in contact sports, where rules anticipate physical impact of the opponent, and in skiing, in which spine injury is often critical.

During the upcoming EFORT Congress in Vienna, a symposium lead by Professor Patricia Thoreux, sports surgeon at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Université Paris XIII, will focus on diagnosis, treatment and complications of the most common spine injuries observed in judo, rugby and winter sports to present more options to prevent severe spine injuries.


Cervical Spine Injuries in Sports Practice | Friday 2 June 2017| 15:00 to 16:30

Spine injuries in sport practice represent a great challenge for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons mainly because of the severity of potential sequelae, ranging from partial disability to final tetraplegia. Within sports injuries, the most current problems faced by experts are acute trauma (cervical fractures, ligamentous injuries, disc herniation) and many types of neurological complications, which are also sometimes associated with the development of chronic diseases. For instance, the degenerative process responsible for cervical spine stenosis is a major risk factor for medullar concussion and is reason enough to prematurely end a high-level athlete’s career.

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Better knowledge about these complications and occurrence rates has opened the door for dedicated research programs, for changes in the official sports regulations (scrum rules, helmet characteristics, etc.), systematic screening for individual risk factors and consolidation of specific prevention guidelines.

This round table on spine injuries conducted by sport orthopaedic and trauma specialists will strive to show how research results increase the ability to prevent injuries and how work done for specific sports has helped improve the way injuries are handled across a range of sports today. Return to sport after cervical spine surgery will be discussed to highlight long-term treatment results and monitoring.

Moderation: Patricia Thoreux (France)

Cervical Spine Injuries in Judo and Combat Sports
Maximilien Jung (Switzerland)

Cervical Spine Injuries in Rugby
Mike Carmont (United Kingdom)

Cervical Spine Injuries in Winter Sports
Aleix Vidal (Spain)

How to Prevent Cervical Spine Injuries? The Experience of the FIA Prevention Program
Andy Mellor (United Kingdom)

“Sports Activities & Orthopaedic Practice,” the main theme of the upcoming EFORT Congress in Vienna, echoes the need for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons to provide the best medical care to an increasingly active population.

Attendance at these sessions is included in the full congress registration. You can sign up on our registration platform and enhance your EFORT experience.