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Monday, October 10, 2005

What Kind of Injury is a 'Dead Leg' Anyway ?

I must just find out just what kind of injury a 'dead leg' is. After all, The Republic of Ireland's Kevin Kilbane is looking doubtful for Wednesday's game against Switzerland with this terrible affliction and Michael Owen didn't manage to play for Newcastle 10 days ago because he - too - was suffering from a dead leg. Indeed, in Owen's case he only trained for a couple of days before the England v Austria game.

Um...this football type of 'dead leg' must be very different from the kinds of dead legs kids used to give each other in Primary School. Because I got a few of those and twenty minutes later I was fine. Unless of course - and I know this must be extremely unlikely as nobody could ever accuse ultra professional, hard-working footballers of being pampered whining hypocondriacs - these are actually one and the same 'injury'.


In which case footballers are pampered whining hypocondriacs. Shocking. But you heard it here first.
Digg!

posted by mark_s at 9:30 PM

3 Comments:

Blogger crump said...

I don't know if it's just because I'm getting old or what (32) but I got one in a match a couple of weeks ago now - and although it didn't hurt a lot more than any remembered playground dead leg at the time and I played on, I couldn't walk on it a few hours later. 2 weeks on and I'm still limping, can't sleep on it and there is only a gradual improvement. I even had to walk off the gold course last week because I couldn't drag this dead leg round. I've had various breaks and sprains, etc - but this is the most confusing. What seemed like a normal knock that didn't cause any twists or pulls has left my leg twice its normal size and in loads of pain. Previously I felt no sympathy for pro footballers with a dead leg, but now I know that the injury is caused by the muscle / main veins being crushed against the bone and it's not nice.

So there.

9:46 AM  
Blogger mark_s said...

Well, that's told me then !

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jintao said...

A dead leg is caused when the quadriceps are struck with sufficient force to cause the muscle be crushed against the femur, and, as a result of this collision, tear. As the quadriceps are frequently used, it is difficult for the muscle fibres to knit, therefore meaning that a high-impact collision can cause the casualty to be injured for several weeks.

2:24 AM  

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