Kidney injuries in sports are rare. The kidneys are located above the hips one on each side of the spine. As a result of a violent impact to the flank (side), a kidney may rupture.
- Blood in urine following blow to their side.
- Ultrasound scan
- CT scan
- The bleeding often stops spontaneously and causes no further problems.
- If the injury is severe, and bleeding continues, surgery may be needed to repair or remove the kidney.
After sustained, vigorous physical exertion without impact, a small amount of blood can appear in the urine, causing a faint red discoloration. This does not necessarily indicate a kidney injury, but should be assessed by a doctor.