Rib stress fractures – a mechanical view part 2; The Anatomy

The micro trauma that causes stress fracture is itself caused by excessive and uneven forces, including those applied by these three key muscles resulting in asymmetrical/excessive loading of ligaments and bones.....

The incidence of rib stress fractures is highest along the antero-lateral (frontal side) and postero-lateral (behind the side) region of ribs 5-9 (See diagram). This is along the insertion of the serratus anterior muscle. Most rowers will experience the stress fractures on one side predominantly but they can occur on both sides with repeated injury.

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