Discomfort and soreness in and around the chest. In sport, chest pains commonly result from an impact with another object (e.g. a ball) and physical overexertion straining a chest muscle (e.g. the intercostals used in breathing). A persistent pain in the centre or left side of the chest, especially if felt down the arm, neck, or back, requires urgent medical attention, particularly if the pain is combined with shortness of breath, cold sweat, and fatigue. Such pains may be associated with a heart disorder. A stabbing pain in the chest may be caused by a lung infection. See also cardiac concussion.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.