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 Sledding Injury - Bruised Ribs!
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Sledding Injury - Bruised Ribs! Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:46 am 

My wife and I took the kids sledding yesterday. It was perfect day for it: sunny, 28 degrees, lots of snow. The snow on the biggest hill was packed down firm so it was fast, and large bumps had formed about mid-way down. For some reason I decided it would be a good idea to go down on my belly head-first on one of those plastic bath tub-shaped sleds that offer about 2mm of plastic protection between you and the snow. I went flying down the hill, going airbourne repeatedly as I bounced off each of the bumps, and slamming down onto the concrete-line snow. Nearly knocked the wind out of me, and my head was aching when I finally stopped. I realized later that I think I bruised my ribs on the right side fairly badly, and now it hurts to move around too much. The discomfort woke me up several times during the night.

Of course, I had to get my 15-miler in this morning, and it hurt but not too badly and I held my target pace just fine. But when I stopped at the end and took off my various layers, I realized that it hurt more than I've realized. I'm not sure if it was the running or the contortions of removing winter running gear that made it hurt more. Anyone have any experience with bruising their ribs, and if so do you have any advice regarding treatment?

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Sledding Injury - Bruised Ribs! Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:20 pm 

Sledding injury? Sorry, but it's hard not to grin at that thought. I think my last sledding injury happened when I got another kids boot in my teeth on the way down a hill, and I was about 10 years old.

If I were you, I'd be worried that the ribs might be cracked rather than simply bruised. If it keeps hurting more than seems normal for a bruise, maybe you should see about getting a chest x-ray. Anything that hurts so much that it repeatedly wakes you up in the night has got to be pretty bad.

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: Sledding Injury - Bruised Ribs! Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:55 pm 

Well, I know you'll all be very relieved to hear that my sledding-related injury does finally appear to be getting better, but man - I do not recommend getting bashed in the ribs! The pain still wakes me up in the night almost every time I roll over, so I try not to do that. Monday was a planned rest day, and even though I felt a bit better this morning I decided to do the prudent thing and take the day off. I'll make it up later in the week by eliminating one of those schedule rest days.


Joined: 20 Jan 2005
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Re: Sledding Injury - Bruised Ribs! Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:31 pm 

Unfortunately there is not a great deal of treatment available for bruised or even cracked ribs, apart from rest and immobility. Another nasty thing to watch out for is cracking of the cartiledge inbetween the ribs. I've been told this is just as painful, and can take longer to heal than a broken rib does.

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