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What causes ligament injuries in the elbow?

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Ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. Throwing something over and over again can stretch or tear your ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which runs along the inside of your elbow. Baseball pitchers can damage it over time until it tears. It can happen to javelin throwers and other athletes, too.

You can also rupture your UCL by falling on your arm when it's outstretched.

From: What Are Ligaments? WebMD Medical Reference

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 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

SOURCES:

 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

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