Posterior elbow problems in the overhead athlete

Michel P.J. Van Den Bekerom*, Denise Eygendaal

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The overhead athlete is defined as an athlete who uses his/her hand in an overhead position. The motion in the overhead athlete is a highly skilled movement performed at extremely high velocity, which requires flexibility, muscular strength, coordination, synchronicity, and neuromuscular control of the whole body. In this overview, we will discuss the most common pathologies seen at the posterior side of the elbow such as posteromedial impingement, proximal ulnar stress fractures, and triceps pathology. Specific nonsurgical and operative treatment guidelines for the overhead athlete's elbow are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalSports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • arthroscopy
  • elbow
  • impingement
  • overhead athlete
  • stress fracture
  • triceps


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