Carpal contusions in an elite platform diver.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Wrist and hand injuries are common in elite divers, as all correctly performed dives end with a head first entry into the water with the hands extended above the head. This case presentation was an Olympic level diver with 3 months of persistent dorsal wrist pain. MRI findings showed contiguous contusions to the lunate, capitate, hamate and distal radius and also a peripheral tear of the ulnar attachment of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). The repeated dorsiflexion stress of entry into the water likely caused these injuries. Although the authors had suspected a TFCC injury and did find an isolated ulnar-sided peripheral tear, the complicating carpal contusions led us to choose a conservative treatment plan, which was the only intervention the patient ultimately required.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Berkoff, D; Boggess, B

Published Date

  • March 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2011 /

PubMed ID

  • 22707598

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3063257

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1757-790X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3691


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England