Can boxing break ribs?

A flail chest is a serious medical condition resulting from three or more broken ribs being fractured in multiple places. While this type of injury is often a result of blunt force trauma, such as a car accident or falling from a high place, it can also occur over the course of 10 or 12 rounds in a boxing match.

Why does my ribs hurt after boxing?

Rib injury can include a strain of the intercostal muscle, a fractured rib, or costal cartilage damage. A trained professional must access the injury. Immediate discoloration of the rib area after a strike implies a strain of the intercostal muscle. However, the injury may also include a damaged rib.

What helps sore ribs from boxing?

Ways to treat bruised and fractured ribs at home include:

  1. applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to help reduce inflammation.
  2. taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
  3. resting.
  4. avoiding any activity that can make the pain worse.

Can you toughen your ribs?

Yes! Pilates can help in fixing flared ribs from improving breathing pattern to facilitating the muscle integration. Below are some recommended exercises which you may try on your own at home.

How can I heal my ribs faster?


  1. take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – avoid taking ibuprofen for 48 hours after your injury as it may slow down healing.
  2. hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel) to the affected ribs regularly in the first few days to bring down swelling.
  3. rest and take time off work if you need to.

How long do bruised ribs take to heal?

Bruised ribs recover in the same manner as fractured ribs, but a bruise takes less time to recover than a rib fracture. Healing takes about 4 to 6 weeks. An X-ray, MRI, or CT scan is rarely needed to confirm the diagnosis.