March is National Athletic Training Awareness month. Therapy Center is providing several articles to increase awareness of the profession and to educate the public on common injuries that we see in our outpatient clinic. Enjoy!

This is a medical follow-up sheet for your health and safety.  Signs of a chest or abdominal injury may not appear immediately following trauma but can develop hours after the injury.  The purpose of this fact sheet is to alert you to the signs and symptoms of significant chest or abdominal injuries, which may develop several hours after you go home. 

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms after sustaining a chest or abdominal injury, further medical help should be sought IMMEDIATELY.


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath/ inability to catch breath
  • Pain increasing in chest
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood


  • Pain or discomfort increasing in abdomen
  • Rigidity or spasm (hardness) in abdominal muscles
  • Inability to urinate
  • Blood in urine and/or stool
  • Painful urination
  • Increasing nausea
  • Vomiting and/or vomiting blood

The appearance of any of the above symptoms may indicate that you have sustained a significant chest or abdominal injury and REQUIRES IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.

It is essential that a physician assess any of the above symptoms. For more information about our athletic training and outpatient services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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