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Medicina dello Sport 1999 March;52(1):35-40

language: Italian

Suprascapular neuropathy in volleyball players. An epidemiological study in a group of young players and the results of a case treated with neurolysis

Colonna S. 1, Montagna P. 2, Orlandi V. 1, Fairplay T. 1

1 Scuola di Specializzazione in Medicina dello Sport, Università degli Studi, Siena;
2 Istituto di Clinica Neurologica, Università degli Studi, Bologna


The authors discuss suprascapular neuropathy from an epidemiological and surgical point of view based on a case report.
A total of 291 subjects (173 males and 118 females), mean age 15.1±0.8 years old, were studied during a national tournament. The study included the visual analysis of the trophism of the infraspinatus muscle by a single examiner. One of the cases was found positive for this initial test and also presented shoulder pain. Electromyographic analysis was performed on five different occasions: twice before surgical neurolysis and rounding of the spinoglenoid notch, and a further three times 3, 5 and 17 months after surgery.
The results of the epidemiological study show a remarkable incidence of this pathology, especially in view of the age of the population studied.
The results of the operated case point to a complete recovery of the conductibility of the suprascapular nerve without a proportional recovery of the infraspinatus muscle. Painful symptoms fully regressed, enabling a complete recovery of competitive activity at a higher level than before.

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