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Hand Clin. 2017 Feb;33(1):149-160. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2016.08.007.

Finger Injuries in Football and Rugby.

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Section of Plastic Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, The University of Michigan Health System, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2110 Taubman Center, SPC 5346, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5346, USA.
Section of Plastic Surgery, The University of Michigan Medical School, The University of Michigan Health System, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0340, USA. Electronic address:


Football and rugby athletes are at increased risk of finger injuries given the full-contact nature of these sports. Some players may return to play early with protective taping, splinting, and casting. Others require a longer rehabilitation period and prolonged time away from the field. The treating hand surgeon must weigh the benefits of early return to play for the current season and future playing career against the risks of reinjury and long-term morbidity, including post-traumatic arthritis and decreased range of motion and strength. Each player must be comprehensively assessed and managed with an individualized treatment plan.


Football finger injuries; Jersey finger; Mallet finger; Return to play; Rugby finger injuries

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