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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 8098657, 5 pages
Case Report

A Scaphoid Stress Fracture in a Female Collegiate-Level Shot-Putter and Review of the Literature

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
2Marshfield Clinic, Department of Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA

Received 6 April 2016; Accepted 26 June 2016

Academic Editor: Bayram Unver

Copyright © 2016 Jessica M. Kohring et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Scaphoid stress fractures are rare injuries that have been described in young, high-level athletes who exhibit repetitive loading with the wrist in extension. We present a case of an occult scaphoid stress fracture in a 22-year-old female Division I collegiate shot-putter. She was successfully treated with immobilization in a thumb spica splint for 6 weeks. Loaded wrist extension activities can predispose certain high-level athletes to sustain scaphoid stress fractures, and a high index of suspicion in this patient population may aid prompt diagnosis and management of this rare injury.