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Fractured TibiaFractures to the shin can affect the tibia (larger) or fibula (smaller) bone. A tibial fracture is a severe injury. As they are more common in soccer players, this prompted a ruling by FIFA that all players must wear shin guards to protect from this injury. Breaking both bones is a particularly gruesome injury and there are many sites documenting those caught on film.
They are usually treated surgically in football players by an insertion of an internal rod down the shaft of the tibia. Complications of this injury include non-union, compartment syndrome and re-fracture. Football players who have suffered fractured tibias in recent years include Scott Prince (Brisbane Broncos) and Brendon Lade (Port Adelaide Power). Both players fractured their tibia twice. Michael Voss of the Brisbane Lions fractured his leg in 1997 but made a complete recovery.
David Busst of Coventry suffered compound fractures of his tibia and fibula against Manchester United in 1996. It was not the break that ended his playing career but the infections that caused further damage to his leg. This infamous incident is considered one of the worst injuries in the history of the Premier League.