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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2018, Article ID 3806534, 4 pages
Case Report

Isolated Rupture of the Teres Major Muscle When Water Skiing: A Case Report and Literature Review

1Orthopedics and Trauma Department, University Hospital of Nantes, Nantes, France
2Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, University Hospital of Nantes, Nantes, France
3Orthopedics and Trauma Department, Departmental Hospital Center of La Roche Sur Yon, La Roche-sur-Yon, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Julien Cousin; moc.liamg@neiluj.nisuoc

Received 18 January 2018; Accepted 7 March 2018; Published 1 April 2018

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2018 Julien Cousin 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.


Isolated lesions to the teres major muscle are rare. They generally occur in patients participating in sports such as baseball, tennis, or boxing. We report the case of a sports patient who suffered an isolated injury to the teres major while water skiing. The clinical presentation was confirmed by MRI. Conservative treatment was chosen and consisted of brief analgesic immobilization, followed by rehabilitative treatment. The rapid recovery of this patient with normal isokinetic strength evaluation at 6 months was interesting for objectifying full muscle recovery. Our results and the data from the literature suggest that functional rather than surgical treatment is preferable in isolated lesions to the teres major muscle.