Quad Contusions, or “charley horse” (or “dead leg”) is a common soccer injury.
It’s rather easy to take a knock or a shot in the thigh, and in the end, the quad contusion can be a pretty painful experience. Repeated hits or bumps to the thigh can result in bone growth inside the muscle itself.
If the athlete sustains a charley horse and he or she is struggling to bend the injured leg‘s knee, they should be removed from play. It’s important to follow the PRICE principle when managing the injury. PROTECT, REST and ICE the injured area. COMPRESSION and ELEVATION of the leg and keeping the knee bent pain-free along with some light massage will go a long way.
Of course, it’s imperative that the athlete sees a practitioner who has experience dealing with sports injuries.
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