Rupture of the pectoralis major muscle in body-builders

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1993;112(2):104-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00420268.


Rupture of the pectoralis major muscle is rarely encountered. However, among body-builders this lesion, commonly called the "pec-tear", is well known. The bench-press exercise is a common cause. In the following report the typical history, symptomatology, and treatment are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pectoralis Muscles / injuries*
  • Pectoralis Muscles / surgery
  • Weight Lifting / injuries*