Elbow injuries in gymnastics

Clin Sports Med. 1985 Jan;4(1):73-83.


The medical literature contains little about elbow injuries in gymnastics. However, 30 females with 32 elbow injuries from gymnastics were found and studied. Two had Panner's disease (osteochondritis of the humeral capitellum), and all the others had fractures or dislocations. The majority required open or closed procedures. Recommendations to help reduce elbow injuries would include the use of experienced spotters, thicker pads whenever possible, and education of gymnasts in techniques of falling. After injury has occurred immobilization of the elbow for as short a period as necessary and follow-up therapy in a sports-oriented setting are recommended.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Elbow Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Elbow Joint / injuries*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy
  • Gymnastics*
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / etiology
  • Radiography