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Sports Injuries Dead leg on the quadriceps - to a football player This is a heavy impact to the quadriceps causing the muscle to be crushed against the bone. This causes a tearing of the muscle within the sheath that surrounds it. This will result in bleeding but the initial bleeding may stop early (within hours) because of increased pressure within the muscle, but the fluid is unable to escape as the muscle sheath prevents it. The result is considerable loss of function and pain, which can take days or weeks to recover. You are not likely to see any bruising come out especially in the early stages. When a player gets a dead leg you should first use the SALTAPS protocol so it is correctly diagnosed and also so that you can choose the correct treatment to prevent the injury worsening and help relive pain. See - the injury occur, look at the mechanism of the injury. Ask - the player what is wrong, where they are injured, where the pain is and how it happened. Look - at the injury, and look for redness, deformity, bleeding or inflammation. Touch - the injury or area around injury to see if you can feel heat, ask the injured person If thy feel pain or any other sensations. ...read more.


It works as it opens the blood vessels and draws blood to the area and then it works in much the same way as heat treatment. When no treatment is being done the injured site should be supported by a bandage. This means unwanted movement is limited, and the muscles are more stable. Exercises at this stage of the injury should concentrate on getting the injured muscles to lengthen and get stronger. Strengthening the injured muscles will make them more stable and this means the recovery process will be speeded up. If the muscles are not used they will become weak and this means the player will have to wait longer before they can start to compete again as they need to strengthen their muscles back to their original state, so it is best to start strengthening them early so they do not become weak. The lengthening of the muscles means that they do not become to stiff and helps with the strengthening. To do this the best ways would be stretching the muscles of the injured site and holding them for between 15-20 seconds, this should be done through out the day. Another good way would be by walking around using a walking aid at first if need be. ...read more.


This is because this phase aims to improve the player's balance and co-ordination and restore the sport specific skills and movement patterns that they had before the injury occurred. It also aims to provide the player with psychological reassurance so that they are comfortable to play in a competitive way again when they are fully recovered. To get the player to meet these targets, the best activity to start them off is by getting them running in a straight line. This will get the player used to free movement of the limb again. Also it will strengthen their muscles and improve their balance and co-ordination. The progression to this is running up and down hills and after this they should run diagonally up and down hills. These two activities will act further upon what they started with and push the player further towards meeting their aims. The next progression is to get the player to run and change direction quickly and maybe introduce some jumping activities to them. When the player has successfully completed these range of activities he can then move onto skill training activities. These activities should be football related and include: - sprinting - passing - jumping - heading - agility exercise (changing direction) - tackling - shooting When the player can complete these activities they are allowed then to return back to full training and then they can eventually, when back to full fitness start playing in competitive matches. ...read more.

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