What are the most common football injuries?
If you play football, you know better than anyone that football is a “rough” sport. Players are rough on the field and tend to have little mercy. However, regrardless of the helmets, braces, pads, and supports, wounds are typical. Therefore, football players tend to be more susceptible to injury.
Most common football injuries:
Sprains & Strains:
These typical injuries are the most common in football. A strain or sprain typically isn’t a need for medical attention, although possible. However, its normally treated with a method called R.I.C.E. = Rest, Ice. Compression & Elevate.
A fracture (broken bone) makes up for one-quarter of major football injuries. This injury requires a doctor.
Turf toe is a sprain to a ligament of the big toe. And is caused by jumping or running on hard turf. Such as, a football field.
This occurs when sharp changes are made. Achilles tendonitis can be a very serious injury. It must be treated by a doctor. The Achilles Tendon is located at the back of the foot, above the heel. As a result of this, a football player could be out an entire season!
An ACL tear often occurs with a sudden stop, change in motion, or jump. This is considered a major ligament in the knee. An ACL tear is the most common ligament injury in football. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately. That being said, it could result in up to 4 months of loss of game time.
A torn cartilage occurs when the meniscus is damaged or torn. A tough tackle on the field can result in a torn cartilage.
This injury is caused by a football tackle. It occurs when a bone is bruised or fractured. Injury can occur from being hit or a hard fall on your side.
An ankle sprain occurs from an unnatural inward twisting motion or force of the ankle. Thus, a very common injury in football. Therefore, loss of game time is common. For a speedy recovery, however, seek medical attention.
In football, a concussion is a frequent injury because of the aggressiveness of the game. A concussion is considered a minor brain injury. It occurs when the head has encountered a large impact of force. A player has to monitored after a concussion until they are cleared by the medical staff.
Burner or stinger:
This is a common nerve injury. This occurs from trauma to the neck and shoulder.
It’s important to have injuries treated by a physcian. Sports players are more prone to injury due to repetitive movements. Loss of play is common. Especially, if a proper diagnosis and treatment aren’t performed by a doctor.
There are several treatment options available, non-surgical and surgically. Conservative treatments are first offered. Common treatment, such as:
- physical therapy
If conservative methods don’t work, a surgeon might consider surgical options.
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