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abdominal rigidity

Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788
abdominal rigidity

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An extreme tightness of the abdominal muscles detected when touching or pressing on the abdomen. A person's fear or nervousness about being touched (palpated) in the abdominal area may induce voluntary rigidity. Involuntary rigidity is usually associated with an underlying physical condition, such as appendicitis or an internal abdominal injury, and is commonly associated with pain. In contact sports, a direct blow to the abdomen can injure internal organs and lead to abdominal rigidity, especially in poorly conditioned sports people....

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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