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The Epidemiology of Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Injuries Among Collegiate Athletes: Trends in Incidence, Management, and Timing of Return to Play Over a Decade of Surveillance

  1. Ebrahim Paryavi MD, MPH (Curtis National Hand Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital); Edward Fahkre, (Georgetown School of Medicine); Michael W. Kessler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital) Kenneth Means, MD (Curtis National Hand Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital); Andrew Lincoln, ScD (MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center).
  2. Funded by MedStar Georgetown Research Partnership Grant
  3. We conducted a retrospective epidemiological study of upper extremity injuries (limited to hand, wrist and forearm level) sustained by collegiate athletes. This study utilizes data collected on an ongoing basis through the NCAA surveillance system. Our main goals are to describe the changing incidence of these injuries as well as variations in treatment over time and resulting differences in return to play timing. The results of this study will have implications for safety regulations and treatment protocols in athletes.