Sports and performing arts medicine. 4. Traumatic injuries in sports

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Mar;85(3 Suppl 1):S67-71. doi: 10.1053/j.apmr.2003.11.008.


This self-directed learning module focuses on injuries often seen in contact sports. It includes information on trauma to the cervical spine, wrist, shoulder, knee, ankle, foot, and chest and also discusses concussion in sport. It is part of the study guide on sports and performing arts medicine in the Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program for practitioners and trainees in physical medicine and rehabilitation. This article specifically focuses on the etiology, differential diagnoses, treatment, and return-to-play criteria for traumatic sports injuries.

Overall article objective: To summarize the approach to common traumatic sports injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Brain Concussion / therapy
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / diagnosis
  • Leg Injuries / etiology
  • Leg Injuries / therapy
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Thoracic Injuries / etiology
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy
  • Wrist / physiopathology