Common traumas that athletes often suffer include rib and sternal fractures. That’s because any direct blow to the chest may trigger such injuries. These include direct impacts from hard objects such as sticks, bats, projectiles, or even human body parts like the elbow.
Likewise, stressful activities such as golf or rowing that involve excessive use of the chest wall and recurrent muscular contractions can also make the rib cage and sternum prone to traumas, including torn cartilage, bruises, or fractures.
The rib cage holds an important place in the human body as it encloses crucial organs such as the heart and the lungs. Therefore, any rib injuries resulting from direct blows may lead to life-threatening conditions like breathing problems, punctured lungs, or aortic rupture.