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The dead leg

Published: Wednesday 3 January 2007, 0.59CET
A result of the quad muscles being crushed against the femur bone.

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Published: Wednesday 3 January 2007, 0.59CET

The dead leg

A result of the quad muscles being crushed against the femur bone.

It does not matter who you are, if an opponent connects with you in the wrong place you are susceptible to a dead leg. The injury is caused when the quadriceps are crushed against the bone, often tearing the muscle within the sheath that surrounds it. Initial internal bleeding may stop within hours but the fluid is unable to escape so there will be a considerable loss of function and pain which can take days or weeks to recover from.

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