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What is skier's thumb?

Skier’s thumb is a sprained thumb, causing damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb. The injury is caused by forceful movement of the thumb away from the other fingers. Common symptoms are severe thumb pain and swelling with an inability to use the thumb. This injury is also common in football players and is also sometimes known as gamekeeper’s thumb.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Indiana University Athletic Training Education Program)

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