Sports injuries in the elderly

Marc Tompkins, Robby Sikka, David Fischer

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Sports injuries in the elderly commonly involve either fracture or soft tissue injuries, such as ligament and tendon injuries. In general, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction has been shown to produce good results in an older population. Injuries to the proximal common hamstring tendon origin are rare but may be seen in the active elderly population. While rotator cuff tears are not associated specifically with sports injury, they can occur from athletic participation and are a condition managed by orthopaedic sports medicine physicians, among other providers, and therefore we feel rotator cuff tears warrant discussion. Aging athletes generally can return to sports following sports related injury. For many of the more common orthopaedic sports related injuries, the indications for operative intervention are being defined. In summary, avulsion injuries of the proximal common hamstring origin are uncommon. Diagnosis may be delayed, thereby complicating treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMusculoskeletal Trauma in the Elderly
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315363226
ISBN (Print)9781315381954
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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