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|Title:||Early unprotected return to contact sport after metacarpal fixation in professional athletes.|
|Authors:||Yalizis, M A;Ek, E T H;Anderson, Hamish;Couzens, G;Hoy, G A|
|Affiliation:||Melbourne Orthopaedic Group and Department of Upper Limb Surgery, 33 The Avenue, Windsor VIC 3181, Australia|
Department of Surgery, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Clinic, 259 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000, Australia
Department of Occupational Therapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||The bone & joint journal 2017; 99-B(10): 1343-1347|
|Abstract:||To determine whether an early return to sport in professional Australian Rules Football players after fixation of a non-thumb metacarpal fracture was safe and effective. A total of 16 patients with a mean age of 25 years (19 to 30) identified as having a non-thumb metacarpal fracture underwent open reduction and internal plate and screw fixation. We compared the players' professional performance statistics before and after the injury to determine whether there was any deterioration in their post-operative performance. Of the 16, 12 sustained their fracture during the season: their mean time to return to unrestricted professional play was two weeks (1 to 5). All except two of the 48 player performance variables showed no reduction in performance post-operatively. Our data suggest that professional athletes who sustained a non-thumb metacarpal fracture can safely return to professional play without restriction two weeks after internal fixation. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2017;99-B:1343-7.|
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