Emergency Abdominopelvic Injuries

Clin Sports Med. 2023 Jul;42(3):409-425. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2023.02.006.


The presentation of traumatic abdominopelvic injuries in sport can range from initially benign appearing to hemorrhagic shock. A high clinical suspicion for injury, knowledge of the red flags for emergent further evaluation, and familiarity with the initial stabilization procedures are necessary for sideline medical providers. The most important traumatic abdominopelvic topics are covered in this article. In addition, the authors outline the evaluation, management, and return-to-play considerations for the most common abdominopelvic injuries, including liver and splenic lacerations, renal contusions, rectus sheath hematomas, and several others.

Keywords: Abdomen; Kidney; Liver; Pelvic; Return-to-play; Spleen; Sport; Trauma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Injuries* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Sports Medicine* / methods
  • Sports*