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Brachial Plexus Injuries

The most commonly injured nerves around the shoulder are the axillary nerve (which supplies deltoid muscle), the long thoracic nerve (which supplies serratus anterior) and the suprascapular nerve, (which supplies infraspinatus). Suprascapular neuropathy is very common in volleyball players and throwing athletes and leads to wasting at the back of the shoulder blade. Long thoracic nerve palsy leads to scapular 'winging'. Axillary nerve damage leads to weakness in lifting up the arm to the side.

Both Brisbane's Brent Tate and St George's Jason Ryles had delayed starts to the 2004 NRL season with brachial plexus damage, from injuries that occurred in 2003. However, Adrian Morley of the Roosters, recovered from a similar injury at an early age.
Simon Dwyer Brachial Plexus Shoulder Nerve Injury
Simon Dwyer of the Wests Tigers sustained a brachial plexus (shoulder nerve complex) injury in June 2011.
(Image sourced from The Sunday Telegraph)
PLAYERS WHO HAVE HAD BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURIES
Name Team Onset Year Sport

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