Imaging pediatric sports injuries: upper extremity

Radiol Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;48(6):1199-211. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2010.07.020.

Abstract

With increasing youth participation in organized sports, more injuries in this age group are being treated by primary care and sports medicine physicians. Overuse injuries are much more common now than in past decades, with Little League shoulder, Little League elbow, and gymnast wrist being particular concerns. Rotator cuff tears and glenoid labral injuries, once thought to be rare in this age group, are also more common now. Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow is relatively common and typically fares poorly without surgery. Wrist abnormalities that occur nowadays include triangular fibrocartilage tears. Tendonitis, which is now observed frequently in clinical practice in this age group, rarely requires imaging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / pathology
  • Elbow Joint / injuries
  • Elbow Joint / pathology
  • Female
  • Fibrocartilage / injuries
  • Fibrocartilage / pathology
  • Gymnastics / injuries
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / diagnosis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / pathology
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Dislocation / diagnosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation / pathology
  • Shoulder Joint / injuries
  • Shoulder Joint / pathology
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / pathology
  • Upper Extremity / injuries*
  • Upper Extremity / pathology*
  • Wrist Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wrist Injuries / pathology