Background The impact of high-intensity, repetitive training cal adaptations in the fingers, an example being significant on the fingers of adolescent climbers is relatively unknown. soft-tissue hypertrophy of the flexor. US demonstrated several Objective To evaluate this effect by ultrasound (US) and to non-physiological changes in response to repetitive stress in confirm some findings by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). half of the climbers. MRI showed additional stress injuries to Materials and methods The US study was performed in 20 the growth plate, joints and bone. adolescent rock climbers (ages 10–17 years) and 6 non- climbing controls (ages 11–15 years). US was used to exam- . . Keywords Adolescents Fingers Magnetic resonance . . . ine the third digit of the right hand for differences in thickness imaging Overuse injury Rock climbing Ultrasound of soft tissue, flexor and extensor tendon, volar plate and bony and growth plate adaptations. In four climbers with finger deformity or pain, 3-T MR images were compared with US Introduction findings. Number of hours/week and years of climbing were used to group climbers in three levels (3=most intense train- Rock climbing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the ing). Mann-Whitney test was used for statistical
Pediatric Radiology – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 7, 2017
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