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abdominal injury

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 injury

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Physical damage to the abdomen and its contents. The abdomen is particularly vulnerable to blows during contact and collision sports. Most blows to the abdomen result in nothing more damaging than winding or superficial bruising, which can be treated easily with the application of an ice pack. A heavy blow to the abdomen may, however, cause a serious injury by rupturing one of the internal organs, the liver and spleen being the organs most commonly affected. Signs of a serious injury vary from mild discomfort to ...

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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