How to Prevent Common Football Injuries
Football is a sport filled with immense passion and excitement. The speed of the game, size of players, and strategy to create the perfect game play is second to none.
Beside the passion which football brings, it’s physical nature can bring injuries from minor sprains, strains, torn ligaments and tendons to more severe fractures, concussions, and spine injuries.
It’s estimated that there are 1.2 million football-related injuries per year. Here are some tips to help prevent Football injuries:
Pre-Game Warm Up: A surefire way of getting injured is going into the game with stiff joints and cold muscles. Warmup with jumping jacks, a light jog or do some range-of-motion exercises with emphasis on the shoulders, hips and knees prior to the game.
Protective Equipment: Wearing well-fitting protective gear is of paramount importance in high-contact sports. It’s highly recommended to use good quality helmets, padding gear, mouth guards, athletic supporters, football shoes, and non-shattering eyeglasses.
Hydration: Don’t let mild dehydration hamper your athletic performance. Make sure you drink enough water before, during, and after the game. The general recommendation is you should drink about 24 ounces of water or noncaffeinated fluid approximately 2 hours before the game and take a water break every 20 minutes during play.
Conditioning: Stick to an off-season conditioning program that includes strength training, aerobics, and flexibility to ensure you are in good physical shape at the start of the football season. It’s also highly recommended (and sometimes mandatory) to get a pre-season physical to determine your fitness level.
Cool Down with Stretching: After a game or training session, take a few minutes to cool down with some slow stretching exercises. This will keep you limber, reduce muscle soreness, and speed up your recovery.
Use Proper Technique: It’s important to remember your proper form when tackling. For example, keep your head up and don’t lead with your helmet. This will significantly reduce the risk of traumatic injuries and fractures on the playing field.
If you are suffering from any football-related injury, discontinue playing until your condition is evaluated and treated. This will help you return to the field rather than risking serious injury that could put you out of the game indefinitely.
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The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.