Traumatic Avulsion of the Serratus Anterior Muscle in a Collegiate Rower: A Case Report

James B. Carr, Quincy E. John, Evan Rajadhyaksha, Eric W. Carson, Kelly L. Turney

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Abstract

A 19-year-old female collegiate rower presented with a new, painful mass along her right anterolateral chest wall after competition. The patient was diagnosed with a rupture of the serratus anterior muscle from its costal attachments, as confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. The patient fully recovered after a period of rest followed by a graduated 2-month physical therapy regimen consisting of stretching and scapulothoracic and core strengthening. A traumatic rupture of the serratus anterior muscle should be suspected in athletes who present with a painful chest wall mass after exertion of large forces through the scapulothoracic region. Athletes can return to play after nonoperative management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-83
Number of pages4
JournalSports Health
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • rowing injuries
  • rowing mechanics
  • scapulothoracic rehabilitation
  • serratus anterior avulsion

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