i am 29 years old and have been playing soccer for the last 4 years. I am an aggressive player but have never really had any injuries. last week I had a couple falls in a game but just kept playing, just like any other time. no injuries. well this last week my back has been bothering me in this one spot. it is sometimes a constant pain. I thought maybe it was from one day last week at work because I sat in a chair all day long. now I am thinking an injury from soccer. but why wouldn’t I get it when I got pushed or fell at a game? I got it checked out by a doctor and he was feeling my back and the only are it hurt was on the back of a rib bone?! it isn’t cracked, just maybe a bruise? is this really what it is? what can I do to take the pain away? it hurts when I drink with a straw, burp or sometimes other things. how long would it take to heal and what else could it be? any reason to worry? should I still be playing or should I take time off from soccer?