Bad to the Bone (03/08)

Unfortunately, I learned about this because it happened to one of my soccer teammates.

An avulsion fracture is the separation of a small fragment of bone cortex at the site of attachment of a ligament or tendon.

It occurs when an injury causes a ligament or tendon to tear off (avulse) a small piece of a bone to which it’s attached. The injury may be due to direct trauma, such as a hard tackle in football, or indirect trauma, such as an aggressive pivot in soccer or basketball.

Ouch.

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