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Review
. 2014 May;22(5):315-25.
doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-22-05-315.

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries in the Throwing Athlete

Review

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries in the Throwing Athlete

Jeremy R Bruce et al. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. .

Abstract

Repetitive valgus forces on the throwing elbow place significant stress on that joint. This stress can cause structural damage and injury to the ulnar collateral ligament. Many acute injuries of the throwing elbow are caused by repetitive chronic wear. Although much work has been done on injury prevention in youth who are pitchers, overuse injury in throwing sports constitutes an epidemic. Failing nonsurgical management, ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction is a viable option to return the throwing athlete to competition.

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