Acute Testicular Fracture in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball Catcher: A Case Study

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Brandon C. Platt DAT, LAT, ATC, CSCS * , 1 , Sue Falsone  PT, MS, SCS, ATC, COMT, RYT * , 1 and Kenneth C. Lam,  ScD, ATC * , 1
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A 21-year-old male baseball catcher sustained an injury to the right testicle from a foul ball that ricocheted from the ground to his groin. The athlete was removed from competition when testicular pain began to increase. Ice was applied to the affected area and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were utilized through the evening. Further diagnosis and treatment were warranted the following morning. Diagnostic ultrasound revealed a fracture to the right testicle, necessitating surgical repair. The athlete followed a return-to-play progression and returned to play 20 days postinjury. This case describes evaluation and treatment of a rare acute condition and the need for early recognition and diagnosis.

At the time of this case, the authors were all associated with athletic training programs at A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA. Platt is now with the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA. Falsone is now owner of Structure and Function Education, Phoenix, AZ, USA. Lam is with the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.

Platt (Bcplatt27@gmail.com) is corresponding author.
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