Could this unusual scaphoid fracture occurring in a badminton player be a stress fracture?

Chir Main. 2004 Feb;23(1):52-4. doi: 10.1016/j.main.2003.12.006.


An unusual fracture of the scaphoid occurred in an otherwise healthy young badminton player, caused by a violent movement of extension/flexion of the wrist while performing a smash. There was no direct blow or fall on the wrist, nor history of wrist pain prior to the fracture. No underlying pathology was identified. Conservative treatment failed and surgical stabilization was required to achieve bone union. The diagnosis of stress fracture was suggested. The characteristics of these uncommon fractures are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fractures, Stress / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Racquet Sports / injuries*
  • Scaphoid Bone / injuries*