I competed about a month ago in my first blue belt local tourney. I had a match against a much larger 4-stripe blue belt, I shook his hand and right after he shot for the double, picked me up and slammed me and moved right into side mount all with a second. I ended up winning the match and tied for 1st with a teammate. But looking back I wish I never competed. After the tournament I noticed my ribs were very sore, but I just thought it was normal. A week later I notice no improvement, I also notice one of my lower ribs to portude out of my side in a strange way. I visit the doctor and she takes an x-ray and says I'm fine, tells me to Ice it and take anti-inflammatories and take 3 weeks off. Now a month later my rib feels better, but still sticks out just as much. I decide I waited long enough and go to training. Afterwords I notice my rib hurts again, this time even more so. Now when I breath/cough it hurts, or if I bend a certain way or lay on that side. Stretching my back or raising my chest is also quite painful. I want to go to the doctor again, but she's on vacation. I see a sports med doc and he says he never has seen something like it. He contacts a thoracic? surgeon, describing my issue to him, who now says I need to take at least 3 months off... Moral of the Story: For all you trying to compete as much as possible just know that injuries like this are more likely to happen in competition. I was hoping to speed up my progress to purple, but now I see that luck plays a big roll in progression as well. Who knows how rusty I'll be when I get back...if I ever do get back. Anyway, anyone been in a similar situation? I looked all over the net but couldn't find any helpful answers. It's my most bottom rib on the left side. I'll attach a pic in a second. Edit: Crap just noticed the typo in the title my bad. Here are the pics. It looks like it's on my right side but it's just because of the mirrors reflection.