Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group

Abstract

Football (soccer) is the most played sport worldwide, practiced by more than 300 million people [1]. It is a high-impact contact sport, and with the increasing competitive level, it often results in sports-related damage of the knee structures, including articular cartilage injuries [2–4]. These articular cartilage injuries can also be caused by forceful and repetitive mechanical stresses on the knee joint during the football practice [5–8].
When the cartilage damage reaches the subchondral bone, it often results in knee complaints [9],
including pain, swelling, catching, and locking [3, 10, 11]. Nonetheless, articular cartilage injuries
may be present in asymptomatic athletes which, if not treated properly, may lead to an early onset of knee osteoarthritis [12–14].

Journal
Return to Play in Football
Pagination
593-610
Publisher
Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
ISBN
978-3-662-55713-6
URL
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-55713-6_44
Keywords
cartilage, football, lesions
Rights
Restricted Access
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Status
published
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