Distal radius fractures in the athlete

Casey Beleckas, Ryan Calfee

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Purpose of Review: Distal radius fractures are one of the most common upper extremity fractures. Athletes with distal radius fractures are treated according to the same principles as non-athletes but present several unique considerations. At all levels of sport, injured athletes desire to return to play as rapidly as possible. Recent Findings: Earlier operative fixation may allow an athlete to return to play more quickly. Volar locking plates are most commonly used for operative treatment of distal radius fractures due to their stability and low incidence of complications. Summary: Although the majority of distal radius fractures in athletes are treated non-operatively, operative intervention is offered when required to restore and maintain acceptable skeletal alignment. Return to sport is individualized guided by fracture stability, athlete age, and wrist-specific demands for competition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Athlete
  • Distal radius
  • Fracture
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sport
  • Surgery


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