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HSS Research Institute

National Registry for Injury, Surgical Treatment and Outcomes of Elite Athletes’ Hand and Wrist Injury

IRB Number: 11090
(inactive trial)

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

June 01, 2011

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Principal Investigator

Michelle G. Carlson, MD


Krystle A. Hearns
Tracy E. Klein
R. Glenn Gaston, MD
Susan M. Odum, MD
Thomas A. Wiedrich, MD


The goal in creating a national registry for elite athlete hand injury, treatment, and outcomes is both to define the epidemiology of hand injuries within this population and to collaboratively evaluate surgical treatment and return-to-play guidelines for elite athletes.  The long-term objectives are to refine treatment protocols based upon outcomes evidence, and to prevent re-injury and long-term sequelae resulting from sports-related hand injury.  Patients will be enrolled starting in August 2011.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:
a. Elite athlete classification (athlete at NCAA or professional level)
b. Hand or wrist injury undergoing surgical or non-surgical treatment
c. Patient of participating surgeon

Contact Information

Tracy Klein