Repeated motion can also lead to bruised or broken ribs. Swinging a golf club, rowing, and swimming can cause strains or hairline cracks on the ribs that typically feel like pain and soreness in the chest. Coughing repeatedly, such as when you have walking pneumonia or a cold, can also bruise or even fracture the ribs. Even prolonged vomiting can result in damage. Even life-saving measures such as CPR can break ribs.
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