Sports enthusiasts and weekend warriors know all too well that failure to properly stretch, or repetitive overuse of the muscles in the upper back and neck can result in moderate to severe neck pain. Whether the pain is the result of continuous poor posture, or comes on suddenly due to overuse, athletes in greater Los Angeles report neck pain frequently. Dr. Nadel has seen neck pain develop in athletes who enjoy virtually every sport, ranging from golf to football, and tennis to weightlifting. Athletes who don't warm up properly are most at risk for neck pain from overuse, while those who engage in physically demanding sports such as basketball or tennis are most at risk for a strain. It is important to report any neck pain to a sports injury specialist, to ensure that precautionary measures are taken to prevent future injury and pain.