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|Title:||Return to play following cartilage injuries|
Oliveira, Joaquim M.
Reis, R. L.
|Citation:||Andrade R., Pereira R., Bastos R., Pereira H., Oliveira J. M., Reis R. L., Espregueira-Mendes J. Return to Play Following Cartilage Injuries, Return to Play in Football, pp. 593-610, doi:10.1007/978-3-662-55713-6_44, 2018.|
|Abstract(s):||Football (soccer) is the most played sport worldwide, practiced by more than 300 million people . 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 [2â 4]. These articular cartilage injuries can also be caused by forceful and repetitive mechanical stresses on the knee joint during the football practice [5â 8]. When the cartilage damage reaches the subchondral bone, it often results in knee complaints , 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 [12â 14].|
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