Upper Extremity Injuries in the National Football League: Part I: Hand and Digital Injuries

This study investigated hand, first ray, and finger injuries and the effect of upper extremity injuries in professional American football players.  A retrospective review of all documented injuries to the hand, first ray, and fingers sustained by American football players in the National Football League over a 10-year period (1996–2005) was performed, the data were analyzed from multiple perspectives, with emphasis on the type of injury, athlete position, and activity at the time of injury.

Upper extremity trauma, especially injury to the hand, first ray, and fingers, is a significant source of morbidity for professional football players. The results of this study may be used to implement preventive measures to help minimize these injuries.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008, 36, 1938-1944

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