Sara Sigmundsdottir Breaks Rib, Is Out of the Dubai Fitness Championship

Icelandic CrossFit® athlete and weightlifter Sara Sigmundsdottir has broken her first rib and will no longer be competing at the Dubai Fitness Championship in mid-December . The DFC is an international fitness competition in which many of CrossFit’s most elite athletes will compete, including Annie ThorisdottirKara Webb, Kari Pearce, and Ben Smith.

In an Instagram post, the 2017 CrossFit Open winner discussed the details surrounding the injury.

I was faced with quite the challenge this week. There had been some pain in my shoulder blade ever since the ‘Games’. In recent weeks the pain started to grow and I thought it was just because I had been on a break and now the intensity in training had been increased. Then last week something happened during a training session. I didn’t think it could possibly be serious but as the days went the pain just got worse and in the beginning of this weak it had simply become unbearable.


A couple of X-rays and MRI scans later it was determined that my first rib is broken. The pain was so unbearable because the tight muscles that are protecting the rib were hitting a bundle of nerves with all the swelling around the break and that made it so that for a few days it was even hard for me to breathe. This is just a wall that I need to climb over and I have already started it because today I am already feeling so much better, I could even pull my pants up and put my socks on 👌🏼

Because the first rib is right at the top of the ribcage underneath the collarbone and it acts as an attachment site for several muscles (including neck muscles), an injury can have a wide variety of effects, including head, neck, jaw, and shoulder pain.

Sigmundsdottir added that it will take her 6 to 8 weeks to recover. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Featured image via @sarasigmunds on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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