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J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1995 Jun;35(2):124-6.

Spontaneous pneumothorax in weightlifters.

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Department of Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio, USA.


Spontaneous pneumothorax is infrequently caused by strenuous exertion. To our knowledge there has only been one case of spontaneous pneumothorax associated with weightlifting reported in the medical literature. We describe three consecutive cases of spontaneous pneumothorax associated with weightlifting. We postulate that spontaneous pneumothorax in these patients may be secondary to improper breathing techniques. It is important that physicians and weight trainers be aware of the association between weight lifting and spontaneous pneumothorax and assure that proper instruction is given to athletes who work with weights.

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