Management of simple midfacial fractures, particularly in professional soccer players.

Eufinger H, Heise M, Rarreck T. Sportverletz Sportschaden 2000 Mar;14(1):35-40.

Uncomplicated midfacial fractures represent a frequent and typical injury of soccer-players in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The treatment of these fractures in professional players requires special treatment modalities, especially concerning quick rehabilitation. The examples of a nasal bone fracture, a malar bone fracture and a zygomatic arch fracture in 3 professional soccer players demonstrate the therapeutic principles of these most common uncomplicated midfacial fractures. In this context the fabrication of individual facial masks is presented, which allow an improved postoperative protection and therefore an earlier participation of the player in training and matches.