I've had whiplash twice... once kept me out of football for 6 months (mainly related to heading the ball)... and the other stopped me doing any sport for 2-3 months. I guess it just depends on the damage.
Good luck with it. People dismiss it as an insurance con... which it often is... but when it's not, it is very unpleasant.
As others have said, it will really depend on how bad it is. Again, agreeing with what has already been said, but make sure you get some treatment ASAP. If it heals badly due to a delay in treatment it can take a lot longer to sort out in the long run. I had to delay treatment after sustaining whiplash due to the insurance dragging their feet, and at the time I was broke and didn't think I could afford to go see a physio. Looking back I should've stuck it on a credit card and claimed it back as I ended up in pain for a couple of years, which could've been avoided if I'd had treatment immediately.
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