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Triceps injury in non-bowling arm in cricket: an unusual mechanism
  1. Mohanakrishnan Jagadevan1,
  2. Sathiaprabhu Anbazhagan1,
  3. Deepak Barathi2 and
  4. Balaji Kuppusamy3
  1. 1Neuro Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2Radio-diagnosis, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India
  3. 3Physiotherapy, Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Mohanakrishnan Jagadevan; mohanakrishnan1973{at}


Cricket is a non-contact sport that is popular worldwide and consists of repetitive throwing, bowling and fielding. Fast bowlers are prone to injury to the bowling arm due to repetitive stress, but this case study focuses on the damage caused to the bowler’s non-bowling arm. This individual was a right-handed fast bowler who developed pain and dysfunction in his left arm after competing in more than 20 cricket tournaments. Following the stipulated bowling spell, he had severe pain in the posterior aspect of his left arm. On the field, he was managed with ice compression. Ecchymosis was seen on the distal part of his posteromedial arm. Diagnostic ultrasound revealed an acute triceps injury. The pain lasted 2 weeks and was gradually relieved with analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications. This observation led to the recommendation that elbow flexion of the non-bowling arm be checked for and avoided.

  • Accidents, injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Tendon rupture

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  • Contributors MJ—concept design, manuscript preparation and editing. SA—manuscript preparation and data collection. DB—manuscript editing and data collection. BK—drafting of the manuscript and editing. MJ, SA, DB and BK—final approval of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.