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RMJ. 2022; 47(3): 700-702

Risk factors associated with suprascapular nerve entrapment among athletes

Aqsa Habib, Fahad Tanveer, Aqdas Javaid.


Objective: To assess the risk factors associated with suprascapular nerve entrapment among athletes.
Methodology: In this cross-sectional study, data were collected from the Athletes of Lahore Slimmer’s Fitness Center, Sports Club, Usman Gym and Fitness Center, Lahore Fitness Center, Structure Health & Fitness Gulberg Lahore. Participants were interviewed using a self-administered questionnaire comprising athlete-specific risk indicators. This questionnaire was used following a pilot study.
Results: Out of 102 athletes, 73(71.6%) were males and 29(28.4%) females. There was no rotator cuff tear in 14(13.7%), small/partial rotator cuff tear in 28(27.5%) and large/full tear in 60(58.8%) athletes. There was suprascapular nerve entrapment on right side in 42(41.2%) and on left side in 60(58.8%) athletes. Pain was present in 62(60.8%) and not in 40(39.2%) athletes. Supraspinatus atrophy was present in 77(75.5%) and not in 25(24.5%) athletes. Infrraspinatus atrophy was present in 28 (27.5%) and not in 74(72.5%) athletes. Risk factors associated with suprascapular nerve entrapment were 8 (7.8%) as idiopathic, 11(10.8%) were motor vehicle accident, 11(10.8%) were fall, 7(6.9%) were sports-related, 17(16.7%) were weight-lifting, 24(23.5%) were other causes and 24(23.5%) was in rotator cuff tear.
Conclusion: Majority risk factors associated with suprascapular nerve entrapment among athletes were Idiopathic, motor vehicle accident, fall, sports-related and rotator cuff tear. Supraspinatus atrophy was present in majority of athletes.

Key words: Risk factors, suprascapular, nerve entrapment, athletes.

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