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What could happen if I get hit in the sternum?

National Athletic Trainers' Association
National Athletic Trainers' Association
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A direct blow to the sternum may result in a heart contusion. This occurs when the heart is compressed between the sternum and the spine, causing an injury to the right ventricle or even a rupture to the aorta. This injury needs to be referred to the emergency room immediately. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)

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