Forearm fractures

Forearm fractures are worrying injuries in football because of the contact nature of the rules. Although modern surgery and technology (such as bone growth stimulators) can make the recovery time for these injuries surprisingly quick, they still suffer a high recurrence rate. The full strength of a fracture is probably not recovered for many months after injury, yet a fracture may return to roughly 80% surprisingly quickly (a matter of weeks), leaving the return to play decision quite difficult.

Corey Flynn of the Canterbury Crusaders has suffered multiple forearm fractures (left and right), with his most recent fracture occurring in the 2nd round of the 2009 Super 14 season.

Queenslander Mal Meninga of the Canberra Raiders sustained multiple forearm fractures during his rugby league career between 1987 to 1989. Despites these setbacks, he captained the Raiders to back-to-back Premierships in 1989 and 1990.
Xray of a forearm fracture
X-ray showing a fractured radius and ulna after pin and plate surgery.
(Image sourced from Hand & Wrist Center of Houston)
Scott Prince Forearm Fracture
Scott Prince of the Gold Coast Titans suffers a season ending forearm fracture during an NRL match in 2011.
(Image sourced from Getty Images)