Stingers/Burner is a common football injury involving the stretch or compression of the nerves that connect to the arm. This can cause sensation changes and weakness which generally resolves quickly. It is important for athletes to be evaluated by an athletic trainer prior to returning to the sport to make sure full strength and sensation have returned. If symptoms continue for longer periods of time, a more complete evaluation is needed.

Signs and symptoms of an Stingers/Burners may include:
  • Burning or stinging pain in shoulder or arm
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm
  • Arm weakness

Stingers/Burners are quickly resolving. It is recommended that the athlete gets assessed by an athletic trainer after injury on the field to help to determine if it is safe to return to sport.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be beneficial if there is continued weakness or range of motion loss after the injury. If symptoms continue after the injury, the athlete should be seen by a physician to rule out other possible sources of injury. Additionally, strengthening of your neck and shoulder muscles are beneficial after injury


Consult with your physician

Medical Care

If symptoms such as numbness, tingling, burning, or weakness last for longer periods of time (for example, greater than 1-2 days) it is a good idea to seek out care from a physician to help to rule out other conditions which may cause similar symptoms.