The Effects of a Functional Elbow Brace on Medial Joint Stability: A Case Study

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David H. Perrin, Former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Medial elbow ligament sprains in athletics can be traumatic and disabling. In this case report, we outline the effect of a prototype functional elbow brace on joint stability in a female collegiate javelin thrower with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain. A valgus force to both elbows was applied using graded stress radiography (Telos GA-II /E stress device) at 0, 5, 10, and 15 kiloPascals (kPa) of pressure. The increase in gap width between the coronoid process and the medial epicondyle was measured from anteroposterior radiographs to determine medial displacement. The brace resulted in less displacement in both injured and noninjured ulnar collateral ligament; injured ulnar collateral ligament demonstrated greater displacement regardless of condition. The brace restored medial stability to the elbow joint by 49%, 38%, and 35% at 5, 10, and 15 kPa of pressure, respectively. The application of the brace may be useful in athletes with ulnar collateral ligament injuries.

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Journal of Athletic Training, 29: 232-237
Language: English
Date: 1994
elbow sprains, elbow ligament, elbow brace, ulnar collateral ligament, valgus force, javelin thrower, graded stress radiography,

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