Abstract During a four month period 851 patients presented to the Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit with an acute sporting injury. Eighteen (2%) patients had either a soft tissue or bony mallet deformity. Six different sports were identified with rugby accounting for eight of the 18 mallet deformities. All patients were treated with splintage. Fourteen patients returned questionnaires regarding subjective digit function following treatment and nine patients claimed excellent function. The average splinting time for this group was 6 weeks and sports were avoided for an average of 5 weeks. Mallet deformity accounts for a minority of sporting injuries, but excellent functional outcome can be achieved with splintage and avoidance of the causative sport while splinted.