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03-29-2012, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by izzy3 View Post
A year ago I got checked into the boards and somehow the knob of my stick rammed right into my ribs. Same as yours, they were bruised. It was about 6 weeks until I was able to play without much pain. The good thing is, even though it hurts, it is still OK to play, I had no issues apart from the distruction. You also might become a little contact-shy, cause it feels real bad if you have impact on it.
I agree with this. I bruised mine at the start of last season in nearly the same fashion as you did (got tripped by a guy and landed on with my elbow pad right in the ribs. It is an extremely annoying injury but I did not miss one game. I would say I was back to normal"ish" in about a month, but full recovery was probably closer to 2 months. As long as there are no fractures in the rib I don't think you really risk further injury, but playing on it will probably extend the healing time a little.

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