Gymnastic activities expose the wrist to a wide variety of overuse and acute stresses. Injuries to the distal radius are the most commonly reported gymnastic wrist condition; however, many other structures are at risk of injury from the sport’s high acute and overuse demands, including the carpal bones, most commonly the scaphoid. We describe a 17-year-old female, high-level gymnast in whom stress injuries to both capitate bones were ultimately diagnosed after initial symptoms of pain. This case demonstrated the need for prompt recognition, without which much chronic and debilitating injury would develop. For successful diagnosis, healthcare providers should carefully examine and evaluate reported wrist pain in high-level, adolescent gymnasts.
Latterell, Brynne R.W; Deana M. Mercer; Shane P. Cass; and Christopher A. McGrew. "Capitate Stress Injuries of Both Wrists in an Adolescent Female Gymnast: A Case Report." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 6, 1 (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol6/iss1/36