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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2007 March;47(1):79-83

Copyright © 2007 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Partial rupture of the distal biceps brachii tendon in elite waterpolo goalkeeper: a case report of conservative treatment

Giombini A. 1, Innocenzi L. 2, Di Cesare A. 3, Di Salvo W. 4, Fagnani F. 4, Pigozzi F. 4

1 National Institute of Sports Medicine, Rome, Italy 2 Department of Radiology, Villa Sandra Clinic, Rome, Italy 3 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy 4 University Institute of Movement Science (IUSM), Rome, Italy


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The aim of this study was to describe a case of a 27-year-old male elite waterpolo goalkeeper, who had a partial rupture of the distal biceps tendon of his dominant arm while he was trying to save a strong outside shot. Pain on the antecubital fossa was the chief complaint. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging completed the instrumental set-up. This case had the resolution of the pain and impairment after 3 months of conservative treatment. At 1-year follow-up, the athlete is asymptomatic and the isokinetic test provided almost complete recovery of the strength for elbow flexors and supinators muscles.

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