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How to best manage a cork!

A muscle contusion, or more commonly referred to as a cork is an accumulation of blood in tissue resulting from a blunt force trauma from an object or another person, commonly seen in sport. Though these injuries can occur in any muscle group, they are particularly common within the quadriceps. We tend to see this type of injury quite often in contact sports such AFL and Rugby, though they also occur in cricket and hockey where a hard ball can strike the player. Contusions can range from minor impacts, resulting in discomfort and not affecting activity, to severe, with significant pain and loss of function.