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The treatment, outcomes and management of hand, wrist, finger, and thumb injuries in the professional/amateur contact sport athletes: A scoping review

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posted on 2024-06-21, 07:48 authored by Linda Ryan, Owen DoodyOwen Doody

Introduction: Amateur and professional participation in sport and physical activity worldwide is increasing in popularity, which in turn is increasing the volume and types of injuries sustained by athletes. Ensuring these injuries are treated appropriately and efficiently is paramount for athletes’ recovery and return to sport in a timely and safe manner. Methods: A scoping review to map the evidence regarding the treatment, outcomes and management of hand, wrist, finger, and thumb injuries in the professional/amateur athlete from contact sports. A search of seven electronic databases; SPORTdiscus, CINAHL, Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase and Cochrane Library and grey literature was conducted in January 2024. The reporting of the review is in line with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews Checklist. Inductive content analysis was used to examine the data and the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme was used to appraise the quality of the included studies. Results: Eight papers met the inclusion criteria and three themes emerged addressing the return to play/sport, surgical and conservative treatment and the most common/reoccurring injuries sustained from contact sports. Conclusion: Managing hand, wrist, finger, and thumb injuries in athletes requires a varied approach depending on the type of injury, treatment options, and external pressures. While conservative treatment is common and effective, surgical intervention may be necessary in certain cases to improve recovery and facilitate a faster return to sport. Preventive measures in high-risk sports settings could help reduce the incidence of these injuries.



International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing 54, 101108



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