Shoulder Injuries in Goalkeepers

  • Raffaele Garofalo
  • Piero Volpi
  • Giacomo Delle Rose
  • Dario Pitino
  • Alessandro CastagnaEmail author


Soccer is the world’s game, played by more than 120 million people around the world. Soccer is a contact sport characterised by short and quick movements such as sprinting, sudden acceleration or deceleration, cutting, pivoting, shooting and kicking. Tackling and collision are also common [1]. Shoulder injuries in soccer are not nearly as common as lower limb injuries such as the hip, knee or ankle. The incidence in the reported literature is approximately in a percentage between 2 % and 13 % of all football injuries [11, 17]. However, shoulder injuries are generally more serious than many of the other more common injuries sustained and result in a longer off-play time than other joint injuries.


Rotator Cuff External Rotation Suture Anchor Rotator Cuff Repair Shoulder Instability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffaele Garofalo
    • 1
  • Piero Volpi
    • 2
    • 3
  • Giacomo Delle Rose
    • 4
  • Dario Pitino
    • 4
  • Alessandro Castagna
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Shoulder ServiceMiulli HospitalAcquaviva delle Fonti, BariItaly
  2. 2.Knee Orthopedics and Sport Traumatology UnitHumanitas Clinical Institute IRCCSMilanItaly
  3. 3.Head of Medical Staff FC InternazionaleMilanItaly
  4. 4.Shoulder and Elbow UnitIRCCS Humanitas InstituteRozzanoItaly

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