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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1992 Mar;74(2):305-8.

Overuse injuries of the olecranon in young gymnasts.

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Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, England.


We report overuse injuries in 14 elbows of ten élite young gymnasts. In 12 elbows of eight patients aged 11 to 15 years there was a spectrum of radiological abnormalities including widening of the olecranon physis and fragmentation of the epiphysis. The radiographs were compared with those of normal elbows matched for age and sex. The radiograph appearances were very similar to those of the Osgood-Schlatter lesion of the tibial tuberosity. Two older boys, aged 18 and 19, had stress fractures through the olecranon growth plate. Conservative management was successful in all except one case of stress fracture which required internal fixation.

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