Hand and Wrist

15 Lessons

Hand and finger injuries comprise up to half of all sporting injuries presenting for treatment in the general population and are quite common in football. They require accurate diagnosis and treatment to avoid long-term dysfunction, which can be debilitating. Football goalkeepers represent a challenging subgroup as they may have higher rates of hand and finger injuries and different management requirements.

In this module we review the assessment of hand and finger injuries, the common diagnoses, and the management of each.

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Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should know:

  • How to recognize and diagnose common wrist, hand and finger injuries in football players.
  • How to perform and interpret the clinical examination techniques that are used to assess the hand and wrist.
  • Be able to arrange (and interpret) appropriate imaging in wrist, hand and finger injuries.
  • How to develop and appropriate treatment strategy for the different wrist, hand and finger injuries in athletes.
  • Know when to refer hand and wrist injuries for further assessment.


  • Complete the required reading.
  • Review the suggested reading
  • View, or listen to, any relevant multimedia content
  • Complete the course quiz

Suggested Reading

Brukner and Khan’s

Clinical Sports Medicine – 4th Edition

Chapter 23 (pages 413-434)

Chapter 24 (pages 435-448)


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