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Sara Sigmundsdottir Breaks Rib, Is Out of the Dubai Fitness Championship

Icelandic CrossFit® athlete and weightlifter Sara Sigmundsdottir has broken her first rib and will no longer be competing at the Dubai Fitness Championship in mid-December . The DFC is an international fitness competition in which many of CrossFit’s most elite athletes will compete, including Annie ThorisdottirKara Webb, Kari Pearce, and Ben Smith.

In an Instagram post, the 2017 CrossFit Open winner discussed the details surrounding the injury.

I was faced with quite the challenge this week. There had been some pain in my shoulder blade ever since the ‘Games’. In recent weeks the pain started to grow and I thought it was just because I had been on a break and now the intensity in training had been increased. Then last week something happened during a training session. I didn’t think it could possibly be serious but as the days went the pain just got worse and in the beginning of this weak it had simply become unbearable.

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A couple of X-rays and MRI scans later it was determined that my first rib is broken. The pain was so unbearable because the tight muscles that are protecting the rib were hitting a bundle of nerves with all the swelling around the break and that made it so that for a few days it was even hard for me to breathe. This is just a wall that I need to climb over and I have already started it because today I am already feeling so much better, I could even pull my pants up and put my socks on 👌🏼

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Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth -Mike Tyson . I was faced with quite the challenge this week. There had been some pain in my shoulderblade ever since the ´Games´. In recent weeks the pain started to grow and I thought it was just because I had been on a break and now the intensity in training had been increased. Then last week something happened during a training session. I didn´t think it could possibly be serious but as the days went the pain just got worse and in the beginning of this weak it had simply become unbearable. . The plan was to go from Australia to Abu Dhabi and train there until the @dxbfitnesschamp but I decided to go to Iceland and see my doctor and physio to get this properly checked out. . A couple of X-rays and MRI scans later it was determined that my first rib is broken. The pain was so unberable because the tight muscles that are protecting the rib were hitting a bundle of nerves with all the swelling around the break and that made it so that for a few days it was even hard for me to breathe. This is just a wall that I need to climb over and I have already started it because today I am already feeling so much better, I could even pull my pants up and put my socks on 👌🏼 . Unfortunately this changes my plans, I wont be competing in Dubai and it will take the next 6-8 weeks for me to fully recover, . . I am so thankful for all the support that I´ve gotten and I´ll be back stronger than ever ❤❤ . . 📸= @0nlyfitgirls . . #Nike #NikeTraining #FitAid #RogueFitness #CompexUSA

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Because the first rib is right at the top of the ribcage underneath the collarbone and it acts as an attachment site for several muscles (including neck muscles), an injury can have a wide variety of effects, including head, neck, jaw, and shoulder pain.

Sigmundsdottir added that it will take her 6 to 8 weeks to recover. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Featured image via @sarasigmunds on Instagram.

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