BACKGROUND: This is the first report of external abdominal oblique muscle injury occurring in a professional soccer player.<br /><br />CASE PRESENTATION: A 28-year-old Caucasian professional soccer player presented after experiencing a popping sensation associated with strong parietal pain localized between the left 11th and 12th ribs. Ultrasound examination revealed a collection of fluid under the 11th rib, suggesting injury of the left external oblique muscle. Platelet-rich plasma treatment was administered and the soccer player returned to competition on the 21st day after treatment.<br /><br />CONCLUSION: This rare injury results from a sudden intrinsic eccentric contraction of the internal oblique muscle while in a stretched position. Ultrasound can help to confirm the diagnosis and to monitor clinical follow-up. Platelet-rich plasma treatment could aid recovery in high-level athletes.
Dauty, M., Menu, P., & Dubois, C. (2014). Uncommon external abdominal oblique muscle strain in a professional soccer player: A case report. BMC Research Notes, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-7-684