Catastrophic injuries incurred while playing football are not common. Christopher1 in 1934 stated that rupture of the intestine due to sport injuries is apparently exceedingly rare. He reported one case at this time and noted the reports of three others by Nadler2 and Kinzel.3 In view of widespread football interest, it appears timely to point out the possibility of this type of accident and to report a case which came under our care.
The following is the report of a high school football player having a subcutaneous rupture of the jejunum, operated on twenty-five hours after sustaining the injury and making a recovery:
G. C., a white youth, aged 19, was apparently kicked in the abdomen while engaged in tackling an opposing player. The kick was alleged to have taken place as the patient's abdomen met the moving foot of the opponent. Almost at the same
Ulrich WH, Webster JE, Vale CF. SUBCUTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE JEJUNUM SUSTAINED IN A GAME OF FOOTBALL. JAMA. 1938;110(18):1438. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790180002009a
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