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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why you should always wear shin pads when playing football

    Football is a contact sport and lack of cushioning by tissue and muscle means your shin is extremely vulnerable to kicks, tackles and knocks. Even accidental kicks during a fair challenge or a simple fall can cause extremely painful, debilitating injuries ranging from bruises and abrasions to severe cuts and even broken shin bones. This vulnerability to potentially serious personal injuries is why you should always wear shin pads when playing football.

    About the shin bone

    The tibia, or shin bone, is the stronger, larger one of the two leg bones below the knee. Connecting your knee with your ankle bones, it is not only a very ‘strategic’ bone, but is also one of your body’s strongest weight-bearing bones. When walking or exercising, it supports five times (and more) of the weight of your body.

    The risk

    Accidents due to collisions with other players and hard kicks can all cause tibia shaft fractures. Very painful and inconvenient, a broken or fractured weight-bearing bone would also mean you would end up in a plaster cast, having to use crutches and/or a wheelchair for a prolonged period of time.

    Why you should always wear shin pads when playing football

    While shin pads do not prevent injuries altogether, they can significantly reduce your risk of sustaining severe football injuries that could stop you playing football and/or working for a long time.


    If you were injured by an excessively hard tackle, foul play or a fall off the pitch, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. In essence, you are eligible to claim compensation if your sports injury was caused by someone else and occurred within the past three years.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our nationwide team of personal injury solicitors has in excess of 15 years of experience in securing compensation for people injured while playing football or participating in other sportsmotoring accidents, at work or in public places. With an excellent success rate, they have all the skills and experience to bring your personal injury claim to a successful conclusion quickly and without a great deal of hassle.

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    To enlist the help of one of our in-house solicitors, call our helpline from your mobile or landline on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively and discuss your footballing accident with one of our helpful advisors.

    Date Published: November 15, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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