Thrower’s Fracture of the Humerus: An Investigation of Risk Factors Following an Unlikely Scenario

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A 26-year-old amateur baseball player without prodromal arm pain sustained a thrower’s fracture of the humerus on a warm-up throw performed with submaximal effort. The fracture occurred during the first throwing session following a 6-week layoff. The patient was treated nonoperatively and made a full recovery, but he elected to not return to throwing sports.


Because of the lack of risk factors in this case, we suggest that time off or irregularity in throwing may play a greater role in a thrower’s fracture than previously established. Recreational throwers should undergo appropriate preseason training before returning to throwing.

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