First aid for acute back injuries

Here you can learn more about what to if an athlete has a back injury and there is a potential risk of a spinal cord injury.

Unstable back injuries, with possible spinal cord involvement, rarely occur. However, when they do, it is usually in situations where there are high speed and large forces involved. These injuries can, therefore, occur in alpine and freestyle skiing.

If you suspect that an athlete has a serious back injury, the number one priority is lifesaving medical treatment. Check if the athlete is conscious, if the airways are free and if he or she is breathing.

Call immediately

Call emergency services immediately if you suspect a serious injury.