Overuse injuries of the olecranon in young gymnasts

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


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnostic imaging
  • Gymnastics / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Time Factors
  • Ulna / diagnostic imaging
  • Ulna / injuries*
  • Ulna Fractures / diagnostic imaging