DANGEROUS FOOTBALL BOOT BLADES?

accrington stanley programme DANGEROUS FOOTBALL BOOT BLADES?League Two side Accrington Stanley have called for the use of blades on football boots to be banned after two of their players suffered serious injury.

Earlier this week, Phil Edwards was stretchered off during Stanley’s game with Shrewsbury Town after his leg was badly gashed by an opponent wearing bladed boots. Edwards was unable to walk after the incident and his injury required 8 stitches.

It was the second injury that bladed football boots had caused the club. Goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin was ruled out for several weeks last month after he was gashed in the leg.

Now the club’s assistant manager has called for action. Jimmy Bell said:

quote2 DANGEROUS FOOTBALL BOOT BLADES? Phil has got an horrific gash behind his knee.

I’ve looked at the video and it was an accident but again it`s because of the blades.

Something needs to be done about them because we had this with Ian Dunbavin. They’re very dangerous.

Meanwhile, in more positive news, new research could be carried out in to the relatively recent spate of metatarsal injuries.

England know all about how damaging these can be with the likes of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney both injured in the run up to the last two World Cup’s.

metatarsal 380 DANGEROUS FOOTBALL BOOT BLADES?As reported on Footy Boots previously, there are many theories as to why this type of injury has become so prevalent of late. These include the players punishing schedule, combative training, the use of artificial surfaces in training and of course football boot construction.

Now Iain Spears, reader of Biomechanics at the University of Teesside has decided to look in to the problem more closely.

Announcing his decision to investigate further, Spears said:

quote2 DANGEROUS FOOTBALL BOOT BLADES? They appear to be overuse injuries which occur more frequently towards the end of the season.

Many Premiership players wear new boots for every match. The manufacturers want to see their boots looking good and their logos as clear as possible on television.

We’ll look at the differences in the stiffness of the sole or of the material making up the outside of the boot. It may be that modern lightweight materials make players more vulnerable.

Another possibility is you can reduce pressure by changing the alignment of the studs.

Spears has teamed up with other researchers to create simulations of the impact on the foot of different types of boot and is applying for funding to ramp up his research.

Accrington Stanley programme image courtesy of www.stanleyprogrammes.co.uk

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  • man united21

    who bans bladed studs? BABIES,thats who. All the stars i can think of wear bladed studs: beckham, rooney, ronaldo,the list is too long! MAYBE TINY SHINGUARDS SHOULD BE BANNED!!!!

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  • none

    uh, how would banning tiny shinguards help prevent anything?

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  • man united21

    dude, i am a massive columbus crew fan. HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR SHINGUARDS? theyre like six inches! if youre afraid to get raked with bladed studs, buy some shinguards that fit!!!!

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  • wow

    wow. 6 inches insnt even bad. im 5’10 and whenever i can im going to wear the smallest shinguard possible, meaning for me 5.75 inches

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  • none

    im pretty sure people are more concerned about getting raked in the back of the leg by blades, read the article.

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  • harry

    man united21, First of all rooney wears laser which do not have sharp blades, second of all im pretty sure your not baby because you dont want to have a 6 inch gash in your leg.

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  • David Horton-Williams

    Ronaldo does not wear blades if you look at his boots because saf has banned them and also most prem players go for studs instead of blades as most managers have banned them too

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  • Ronaldinho

    yo dude it doesnt really matter that much about the studs because they all wear sg in the game anyway! which are almost allways conicals and not blades, preds and adipure being one of the ones to use blades

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  • c.wardo

    i personally know that when used for soft ground many of the top manufacturers recomend screw-in’s rather that sg blades also as far as i am aware there is no law in place to say that you must wear a shinpad in proportion too your height.And lastly up till around 8-10 years ago know one had really woried about metatarsal injuries its only due to a couple of high profile players that have been injured that the media have condemed the use of blades

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  • dominic

    then wear plastic blades instead metal blades cause metal studs are what break toes.

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  • charlie dawkins

    They should band blades why do shops sell them because you are just going to break your ankle etc!!!!!!!!!!!!

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