Elbow dislocation in judoka

Spread the knowledge!

Lambert C, Ritzmann R, Geßlein M, Bouillon B, Höher J, Akoto R, Wafaisade A. Return to sport after conservative treatment of elbow dislocation in judoka. Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2023 Jun 22


Background: Injuries to the elbow are frequent in judo combat, but studies on down-time and effect on performance after conservative treatments are rare. This issue is particularly relevant for elbow dislocations in high-performance patients such as elite athletes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate (1) time-loss and (2) the regained level of performance in judoka after conservative treatment of simple elbow dislocation.

MethodsIn cooperation with the European Judo Union, judoka were asked to complete a 139-item survey regarding elbow injuries they suffered during their career. Besides demographics, injury data, diagnosis and treatment options, the athletes were asked about down-time and reductions in performance level. This study enrolled 108 judoka with conservative treatment of elbow dislocation out of a population of 5426 volunteers.

Results: 69% (n=74) reported a time-loss of less than three months; 6% reported a time-loss of more than six months. The majority (68%, n=73) reported that they had returned to their previous performance level, while 22% (n=24) suffered from a slightly reduced level of performance. In the subgroup of international and national athletes (n=54), 63% returned to judo after less than three months, with 72% achieving the same level and 15% reporting a slightly reduced performance level. Level of performance and time lost after conservative treatment for elbow dislocations were comparable for male and female judoka.

ConclusionApproximately two out of three judoka returned to the same level of performance after three months of down-time after undergoing conservative therapy for simple elbow dislocations. Despite the high performance level of the study population, conservative treatment of simple elbow dislocation resulted in satisfactory outcomes. The presented data can guide medical professionals and competitive-level contact-sport athletes with respect to expectations in the process of returning to sport.

Keywords: Elbow dislocation – Olympic sports – Return to sports – Sports injuries – Judo

Download the full article HERE (in german)

7 thoughts on “Elbow dislocation in judoka

  • Your articles are extremely helpful to me. May I ask for more information?

  • I enjoyed reading your piece and it provided me with a lot of value.

  • Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed reading it, especially because it addressed my issue. It helped me a lot and I hope it will also help others.

  • Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed reading it, especially because it addressed my problem. It helped me a lot and I hope it will help others too.

  • Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different
    browsers and both show the same outcome.

  • Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *