Cervical Stenosis in the Elite Athlete

  • Tyler J. Jenkins
  • John M. Rhee
  • John G. Heller


There is limited evidence available on treating the elite athlete with cervical stenosis. While many of the treatment principles from the general population can be applied to the elite athlete, the rigors of their sport require a nuanced, case-by-case approach. The presentation of cervical stenosis can range from an asymptomatic radiographic finding to quadriparesis. Return to play (RTP) for professional athletes with cervical stenosis is a controversial topic. Clinical history, physical exam, imaging characteristics, and sport played are the four critical factors to consider when providing recommendation to the elite athlete with CS. Most athletes can successfully RTP after a single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and players have also RTP after multilevel procedures.


Cervical Spine Athlete Stenosis Professional athletes Laminoplasty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tyler J. Jenkins
    • 1
  • John M. Rhee
    • 2
  • John G. Heller
    • 3
  1. 1.Columbia Orthopaedic GroupColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and NeurosurgeryEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of OrthopaedicsEmory University HospitalAtlantaUSA

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