Press Release: January 21, 2010
tfTwo main examples of this are Bolton and West Ham. Both clubs have gone through a bad start to the season due to injuries, but cannot afford to dip into the transfer market. One of Boltons biggest signings in the summer was Sean Davis. Signed from Portsmouth, Sean Davis would strengthen Boltons midfield, giving them the opportunity to play a much more attractive style of football. Unfortunately, even before the season began Sean Davis suffered a ACL injury or anterior cruciate ligament injury.
An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament can be a debilitating musculoskeletal injury seen most often in athletes. Non-contact tears and ruptures are the most common causes of ACL injury.
ACL injuries occur when an athlete rapidly decelerates, followed by a sharp or sudden change in direction (cutting). ACL failure has been linked to heavy or stiff-legged landing; as well as twisting or turning the knee while landing, especially when the knee is in the valgus (knock-knee) position.
West Ham Striker Dean Ashton forced to retire
Dean Ashton made over 240 appearances as a forward in the Football League and Premier League for Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City and West Ham United, and was also capped by England. He was highly praised as a talented centre forward, but had a career frustrated by injury. He retired on 11 December 2009, aged 26, after failing to recover from a long-term ankle injury.
The retirement of Dean Ashton has been a major blow to West Ham. Having spent 7 million pound on the striker adding to the fear factor.
The impact and frequency of injuries within football has lead to clubs to think again before spending millions on adding to their squad.
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