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Pectoralis major tendon tears

The pectoralis major muscle is a prime mover of the shoulder joint. It tends to occur in sports such as wrestling and body building. In 2011, there was a 400% increase in the number of pectoralis muscle injuries which prompted a review by the NRL Chief Medical Officer. Read the article here [NRL's top doctor wrestling with huge increase in pectoral tears]

Ruptures of the tendon can occur and if left unrepaired, can lead to a permanent decrease in shoulder strength. In football players therefore, surgery is often recommended, which may take months of rehabilitation. Professional football players who have torn pectoralis tendons in the past include Anthony Stevens (North Melbourne Kangaroos), Luke Davico (Canberra Raiders).
Pectoralis muscle tear
A torn right pectoralis muscle.
Jarrod Mullen Pectoralis Tear
Jarrod Mullen of the Newcastle Knights tore his pectoral muscle in Round 14 of 2011.
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