Paramedics with stretcherAbdominal injuries are fortunately uncommon in sports, but they can be life threatening. The two most commonly injured abdominal organs are the spleen and liver. These injuries are more common in contact or collision sports. Common mechanisms of injury include tackling in football, checking in hockey, landing on a ball in rugby, a blow to the abdomen from a lacrosse ball and downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Sports Health, Published online before print March 24, 2014