Corazza A, Orlandi D, Baldari A, et. al. Thigh muscles injuries in professional soccer players: a one year longitudinal study. The Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2014 Feb 24;3(4): 331-6.
Thigh muscles indirect injuries are common finding in soccer and represent a critical challenge for teams medical staffs. Indirect injuries are classified on the basis of their site and their clinical and radiological findings, but the assessment of a precise prognosis remains a crucial point. Both ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance (MR) represent effective techniques not only to detect indirect injuries but also to accurately determine severity, location, and, consequently, the prognosis. In this setting, our aim is to review imaging findings of professional athletes muscle tears at three time points (3 days, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks after the time of injury) and, further, to investigate the correlation between tears extent and lay-off time of the athletes. Combined US-MR assessment could be helpful in the management of thigh muscles indirect injuries providing accurate information about the site, the extent, and the healing process.
SonoSim Keywords: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance, Muscle Injury, Soccer, Thigh, Ultrasound