Abdominal & Chest Pain

Chest pain in the athlete can be anything from indigestion to a heart attack, so if you are at all unsure seek medical advice. Moderate to severe chest injuries should always be assessed by a doctor to ensure the ribs, lungs, and other internal organs, including the heart, have not been affected or damaged. However, in view of the possible consequences from any chest or abdominal injury, always consult a doctor if in doubt.

On this page:

  • Cardiac chest pain
  • Chest pain in sport
  • Abdominal pain
  • Respiratory conditions

Cardiac chest pain

Chest pain in athletes can be from a number of causes, although cardiac or heart problems should always be considered. The chest pain could originate from the muscles, but it could also signify a more serious cardiac problem, even in young athletes. We describe some of the cardiac causes of chest pain and what you should do about them.

Chest injuries in sport

Rib injuries, rib fractures, jogger's nippled etc.

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain can result from direct impact or trauma to the stomach. Or it could be gastrointestinal related with abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

Read more on abdominal pain.

Respiratory conditions

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways which causes shortness of breath and 'wheezing'. Its severity can range from mild, with only occasional symptoms, to a severe and life-threatening condition.