n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Sternal stress fracture in a gymnast : a case report and literature review : case study

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



There is a high incidence of injuries among gymnasts. This is not surprising given the highly repetitive nature of impacts associated with landings from dismounts and during floor routines. The majority of upper extremity stress fractures involve the distal radius. Sternal stress fractures are rare, with the only other similar type of injury being described in a 9-year-old gymnast who was training on the parallel bars when he sustained an acute posterior sterno-manubrial dislocation. Here is a description of a sternal stress fracture in a competitive gymnast.

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