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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Exact moment of bilateral scapular fracture during skydiving captured on video
  1. Benno Ejnisman,
  2. Eduardo Antônio de Figueiredo,
  3. Bernardo Barcellos Terra,
  4. Gustavo Cará Monteiro,
  5. Alberto de Castro Pochini,
  6. Carlos Vicente Andreoli
  1. CETE/UNIFESP – Centro de Traumatologia do Esporte, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Benno Ejnisman, bennoale{at}


A skydiving athlete suffered bilateral scapular fracture while jumping from the plane. A camera showed the exact moment of fracture. The injury seemed to occur during hyperextension of the arms; however, the most common mechanism of fracture is during direct trauma of the shoulder. The patient was treated by immobilisation with a sling for 3 weeks and had a good outcome. Clinical and radiographic consolidation occurred 8 weeks after the injury. The athlete returned to competitive activities after 4 months.

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