Stress fracture of the ulna in an elite ice dancer

Davide Tornese, Domenico Curci, Alice Nardo, Alessandra Cuccia, Grazia Pozzi

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Stress fracture of the ulna is a rare overuse injury often arising from repetitive excessive forearm rotation. Here we report the first case of ulnar stress fracture in a female ice dancer. Diagno-sis was made by history and physical examination, with the aid of imaging studies (plain x-ray, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging), and biomechanical analysis of forearm pronation and supination. Following identification and modification of the causal technical element, the ice dancer was able to continue training and competing without cessation of activity. Treatment was with a 30-day course of capacitively coupled bone stimulation to promote fracture healing, confirmed on radiography and magnetic resonance imaging. Such injuries to ice dancers may be prevented at the planning stage of tech-nical elements in the dance program if coaches place more attention on the potentially deleterious effects of difficult posi-tions the lifted dancer must sustain to reward points on the technical elements score.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Figure skating
  • Ice dancing
  • Overuse injury
  • Stress fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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