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STRIPPED TO THE BONE

DR EDMUND WITTICH, BSC. APPLIED SCIENCE, MSC. OSTEOPATHY, BAT LOGIC PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT

Understanding rib stress fractures and the mechanics behind them

A principle of science and of medicine in particular is that one must understand the normal, or natural status of any studied topic before attempting to describe the abnormal or pathologic. It’s an approach we like to apply in every sport we work in. This approach helps to create understanding and accurate diagnosis with a focus on treating the cause/s rather than simply putting bandaids on symptoms.

In rowing all the faculties and structures of the body are needed to deliver performance. All regions must be working well as segments and as a total unit to create the stroke. When one area is dysfunctional, the effects can be disastrous and widespread. The ribs are a great example and one of the most infamous injuries for rowers is the Rib Stress Injury (RSI) and often resultant Ò rib stress fracture. RSI and stress fractures are repetitive use injuries that begin with repeated micro trauma to the bone tissue which causes bone oedema and pain (swelling), then can build up in time to reveal small but nevertheless painful and serious fractures in the bones affected or in their protective coating.

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