After a long bibliographical review it brings over of the injuries associated with the breaks of tibia and fibula in the football, I believe that the football player is not conscious of the need to assure him a good protection that could avoid injuries of long duration that often take associate complications of long direction and that might be avoided. From my experience I think that the football player must be conscious that a good protection, nowadays, is associated with the use of materials composites as the carbon fiber that they assure a maximum lightness and that due to his hardness has a very much major resistance that the steel.

In this study, they performed a retrospective review of 31 athletes who sustained a fracture of the lower leg from a direct blow while playing soccer. Fifteen fractures involved both the tibia and fibula 11 only the tibia, and 5 only the fibula. Information was collected using a standardized questionnaire. The mean follow-up from the time of injury was 30 months. Injuries typically occurred in young, competitive athletes during game situations. The mechanisms were broadly classified into several categories: contact during a slide tackle (13, 42%), a collision with the goalkeeper (8, 26%), two opposing players colliding while swinging for a loose ball (7, 23%), or a player being kicked by a standing opponent (3, 10%). The majority of fractures (26, 90%) occurred while the athletes were wearing shin guards. The point of impact was with the shin guard prior to the fracture in 16 cases (62%). Return to competitive soccer averaged 40 weeks for combined tibia and fibula fractures, 35 weeks for isolated tibia fractures, and 18 weeks for isolated fibula fractures. Injuries were associated with a high incidence of major complications (12 out of 31, 39%), especially in concurrent tibia and fibula fractures (8 out of 15, 50%). These findings suggest that lower leg fractures in soccer players are serious injuries, often necessitating a prolonged recovery time. In addition, this study questions the ability of shin guards to protect against fractures.

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Boden BP, Lohnes JH, Nunley JA, Garrett WE Jr.

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Silver Spring, MD 20902, USA.