Are certain people more prone to whiplash than others?
Whiplash, caused by a sudden jerking movement of the head forward and then backward, is usually the result of being hit from behind, as in a motor vehicle accident. There are other ways that whiplash can occur, such as on an amusement park ride or falling from a significant height.
There don't seem to be any particular risk factors to make someone more prone to sustaining whiplash, although some do say that women and younger people may be more prone to hurting their neck. As well, if you've had whiplash before, it may be easier to get it again should you be in an accident.
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