Upper extremity injuries are common in wrestling, most of which do not require surgery.
We retrospectively documented the case histories of six elite wrestlers who sustained elbow injuries that required surgical treatment, three of which involved reinjury and another surgical procedure.
All but one of the six initial injuries were associated with a defensive maneuver. Reinjury was more common for freestyle wrestling than for Greco-Roman style. The average time between the initial elbow injury and surgical intervention was 22 months. One-half of the wrestlers with elbow injuries that required surgery were reinjured and underwent revision surgery.
All of the elite wrestlers waited for a long period of time before receiving surgery for the initial injury, and the reinjury rate was high.