Triceps tendon rupture in weight lifters

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. Mar-Apr 1998;7(2):151-3. doi: 10.1016/s1058-2746(98)90227-0.


Triceps tendon avulsion injuries are rare. We report four weight lifters with triceps tendon raptures, two of whom had received local steroid injections for pain in the triceps. All four patients had taken oral anabolic steroids before injury. All patients had closed avulsion of the triceps tendon from its insertion into the olecranon. Three patients were injured while bench pressing heavy weights, and one patient was injured while swinging a baseball bat. Satisfactory results were achieved after surgical reinsertion of the tendon.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arm Injuries / etiology*
  • Arm Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology*
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery
  • Weight Lifting / injuries*