Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Athlete and Active Individual

Clin Sports Med. 2018 Oct;37(4):549-558. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2018.05.005.


Shoulder arthroplasty is becoming more commonly performed in the United States. As it increases, the population also becomes younger, and their demands are different from the older population. Earlier studies have suggested that although young patients have functional outcomes similar to older patients, their satisfaction scores were not as high. Recent literature has demonstrated that young or active individuals with a total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) have good return rates to sports. Hemiarthroplasty and reverse shoulder arthroplasty, when compared with TSA, have lower but also reasonable return rates to sports.

Keywords: Active; Return to sport; Reverse shoulder arthroplasty; Shoulder arthroplasty; Shoulder hemiarthroplasty; Young.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / surgery*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Shoulder*
  • Athletes
  • Hemiarthroplasty*
  • Humans
  • Return to Sport
  • Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*