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Thigh Haematoma ('cork')Corked thighs are common injuries in football but usually are not serious. It is caused by a direct blow to the thigh such as from a heavy tackle which leads to blood collecting in the thigh. Occasionally, bleeding in the thigh can be severe.
Former Sydney Swans coach Paul Roos suffered a corked thigh during his playing career that required surgery to stop bleeding from deep arteries in his thigh. He was forced to wear a thigh pad to protect this region for the last few years of his career.