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Humeral Shaft Fracture Sustained during Arm Wrestling in Young Males
Korean J Sports Med 2017;35:149-154
Published online December 1, 2017;
© 2017 The Korean Society of Sports Medicine.

Seung Rim Yi*, Jieun Kwon*, Ye Hyun Lee, Bo Kyu Yang, Young Joon Ahn, Se Hyuk Im, Joon Hee Cho, Sang Hoon Park

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National Police Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Ye Hyun Lee
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National Police Hospital, 123 Songi-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05715, Korea
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*Seung Rim Yi and Jieun Kwon contributed equally to this study as first authors.
Received May 10, 2017; Revised August 30, 2017; Accepted September 27, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Humeral shaft fracture sustaining arm wrestling is rare, but occurs intermittently. We treated 15 cases of humeral shaft spiral fractures occurred during arm wrestling for fun since 2007. Average age was 22.47짹2.69 years, average body mass index was 22.67짹2.06 kg/m2. There was no prominent tendency for the fractures to occur at a certain phase of the match. Fractured level and length of each case were measured in the plain radiographs and compared with those of previous reports. Eight cases (53.3%) had an associating medial butterfly fragment, and the time taken until the fracture occurred was longer than that of simple spiral fracture (15.62짹9.03 seconds vs. 7.85짹2.67 seconds, p=0.048). Fractures were distributed mid to distal one third of humerus, the length of fracture was 7.93짹2.69 cm and involved 25.43%짹8.24% of humeral length. All cases except one treated surgically using plate and screws and returned their full activities within postoperative 3 months. Although arm wrestling is a simple and joyful sport, participants should be aware of the risks of injury during arm wrestling, especially for the amateur players.
Keywords : Arm wrestling, Etiology, Humeral fracture, Young male
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