Upper Limb Nerve Injuries in Sport
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Nerve injury in sports is not very frequent. According to the report of the Japanese Athletic Association in 1971, peripheral nerve injuries accounted for only 0.3% of sports injuries. Among all peripheral nerve injuries treated in their centre within 18 years, 5.7% were related to sports. The nerves most frequently involved were brachial plexus, radial nerve and ulnar, peroneal and axillary nerves in order of frequency (Takazawa et al., Brain Nerve Inj 3:11–17, 1971). The common mechanisms of injury were compression, traction, ischaemia and laceration (Feinberg et al., Sports Med 24:385–408, 1997).
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