Certain medical conditions or physical activities can increase the risk of a broken arm.

Participation in certain sports

Sports that may increase the risk of a broken arm include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing


In older adults who have osteoporosis — a condition in which bones become thinner and more brittle — even a relatively minor fall can result in a broken arm.

Aug. 19, 2011