Valgus instability of the elbow in athletes

Clin Sports Med. 2001 Jan;20(1):25-45, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70245-3.


Valgus instability of the elbow in athletes is uncommon among athletes in general, but has a higher incidence in individuals who throw repetitively. When valgus overload injury results in disabling symptoms for the athlete, surgical reconstruction of the anterior band of the ulnar collateral ligament may be indicated. This procedure has been successful in getting athletes back to premorbid levels of competition. The authors provide a comprehensive review of valgus instability of the elbow and offer their preferred method of treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Elbow Injuries*
  • Elbow Joint / physiopathology
  • Elbow Joint / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis
  • Joint Instability / physiopathology
  • Joint Instability / surgery*
  • Medical History Taking
  • Physical Examination