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Exact moment of tendon of pectoralis major muscle rupture captured on video
  1. Alberto Castro Pochini,
  2. Benno Ejnisman,
  3. Carlos Vicente Andreoli,
  4. Gustavo Cara Monteiro,
  5. Anna Maria Fleury,
  6. Flavio Faloppa,
  7. Moises Cohen,
  8. Walter Manna Albertoni
  1. Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  1. Dr A C Pochini, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; apochini{at}


A powerlifting athlete ruptured his left tendon of the pectoralis major muscle while attempting to lift 160 kg in a Brazilian bench press championship. The injury seemed to occur in the concentric phase of exercise; however, the more common mechanism of rupture is during the eccentric phase. The tendon was reinserted to the humerus 3 weeks later with screws and washers. The athlete returned to competitive activities after 5 months. One year later he lifted 170 kg and won the national championship.

  • pectoralis major muscle
  • steroid anabolic
  • tendinopathy
  • tendon rupture

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