A burner or stinger is an injury to the nerves that travels from the neck down the arm. Also known as brachial plexus injuries, stingers usually are caused by stretching the head away from the arm. This injury happens in hockey when a player attempts to make a hit on another player and turns the head at the last second – causing a stretch in the nerves of the neck and shoulder.
Symptoms on one side of the body* include:
*If symptoms ever occur on both sides of your athlete's body, seek immediate attention by a health care provider.
The one-sided symptoms may be obvious or subtle, lasting a few seconds or a few minutes, or in some cases, much longer. While symptoms are present, also watch for possible signs of concussion. Do not allow your athlete to return to play until symptoms have completely resolved. This would include full range of motion and strength on the injured side matches that of the non-injured side. If the symptoms persist, your athlete should see a pediatric sports medicine physician before resuming practice or competition.