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Clin Sports Med. 1997 Oct;16(4):681-704.

The elbow.

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  • 1Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, USA.


Elbow disorders in the athletic population comprise a wide range of injuries from acute trauma to those caused by chronic overuse of the joint. Certain injuries are orthopedic emergencies that must be recognized immediately by the team physician to avoid potential complications. Other overuse injuries need to be accurately diagnosed and treated so further injury can be prevented and the athlete can return to competition as expediently as possible. Finally, the decision to refer an athlete for surgical treatment often rests with the team physician; only with an adequate understanding of the elbow disorders in the athlete can these decisions be made.

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