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The riddell ripkord system for shoulder pad removal in a cervical spine injured athlete: a paradigm shift

Since the inception of the term Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers, Sports Physical Therapists, Paramedics, and Emergency Room Physicians have faced a number of challenges when it comes to providing care to an equipment laden athlete suspected of having a cervical spine or serious head injury. The same equipment that is designed to protect the player may significantly impede the medical team when it comes to diagnosing and treating cervical spine and head injuries. Incorrectly removing the helmet and shoulder pads from a football player with a cervical spine injury, may lead to unwanted motion of the cervical spine during removal. It is the purpose of this article to review the current concepts relating to equipment removal and to introduce a novel system for quick and easy removal of football shoulder pads called the RiddellRipKord system

Keywords : Football,Head,injuries,Motion,Physicians,Shoulder,Spine,Sports,Sports Medicine,, Riddell,Ripkord,System,Shoulder, hip injections for arthritis

Date of Publication : 2011 Jun

Authors : Kordecki M;Smith D;Hoogenboom B;

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Journal of Publication : Int J Sports Phys Ther

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21712941

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