A Small Bowel Perforation in a Goalkeeper: A Case Report and Return to Play Progression.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Sports-related intra-abdominal injuries are rare and may be associated with significant morbidity if missed. We present the case of a 21-year-old male collegiate goalkeeper who suffered a small bowel perforation in practice after colliding with a teammate. This athlete underwent laparoscopic primary repair of his small bowel perforation, a relatively uncommon type of surgical intervention for this injury given that similar patients are typically treated via laparotomy. Due to rarity of small intestine injuries in sport, information regarding the success of surgical interventions and return to play (RTP) standards are lacking, let alone information on outcomes and return to sport following a laparoscopic repair. In this case report, we discuss the unique challenge of constructing a RTP protocol for this high-level athlete and propose a protocol for RTP following intra-abdominal injury treated laparoscopically.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnston, K; Condon, TA; Ciocca, M; Aguilar, A

Published Date

  • March 3, 2021

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 33657216

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8582635

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-162X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4085/261-20


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States