Bilateral Pectoralis Major Tendon Rupture While Performing Intermediate Level Bench Press

  • Jace E. Kusler
  • Alexander C.M. Chong
  • Bruce E Piatt


Simultaneous bilateral pectoralis major (PM) tendon rupture is a rare injury. To our knowledge, there have been only three previously reported cases of this type of injury.13 These patients sustained the injury while attempting a 360° turn on gymnastic rings,1 bench-pressing a heavier-than-normal load without an appropriate warm-up period,2 and performing dips on wide-grip parallel bars.3 We present a case of a patient who sustained simultaneous bilateral PM tendon ruptures while performing intermediate level bench-pressing with an appropriate warm-up period.

Case Reports