Football injuries are commonly found to be cumulative (occurring as a result of overuse) or acute (occurring as a result of trauma) in nature.
Overuse football injuries happen over time as a result of increased stress on joints, muscles, and soft tissues without giving them the appropriate time for healing. These usually begin as a nagging ache and can grow into a debilitating injury if they are not nipped in the bud when the time was ripe.
Traumatic or acute injuries, on the other hand, usually occur as a result of a sudden impact or force (such as a tackle), and can have long-lasting effects on the victim (both physically and psychologically).
10 of the most common football injuries
Commonly occurs due to a strong blow to the head.
2. Ankle Sprains
These injuries commonly occur when the ligaments in a joint are torn or overstretched during the gameplay.
Causes include tripping on objects, accidental twisting of ankles, rapidly pivoting directions, etc. Common symptoms are:
Swelling and bruising around the joint.
Limited range of motion.
- Difficulty putting weight on the affected foot.
3. Muscle cramps
A cramp is a sudden and intense pain created by a muscle that involuntarily contracts for some reason and does not relax in any possible manner.
4. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
ACL tear usually occurs in the following ways:
Opposition slide tackles resulting in an accidental twist of the knee.
Awkward landing during a fall.
Sudden movements like pivoting or kicking the ball across the body.
Common symptoms include a popping sound in the knee followed by unbearable pain. ACL tears are one of the most common football injuries and can be commonly seen in female footballers.
Blisters are nothing, but fluid filled sacks on skin surfaces, commonly occurring on hands or feet. These are not too serious and commonly go away after a few days with a bit of OTC treatment.
6. Tearing of the meniscus
The meniscus is a key component of the knee.
Meniscus tearing commonly occurs as a result of quick turning or twisting during gameplay. Common symptoms include:
Swelling that worsens after a few days,
Unbearable pain in the knee.
Popping sound in the joint.
Affected knew giving out involuntarily on its own.
Meniscus tears are usually dependent on the nature of the injury and can be commonly treated via surgery.
7. Jones fracture or stress fracture
Most stress fractures occur as a result of repeated impacts or overuse on a hard surface.
The recovery process typically requires no bearing of weight on the affected area for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.
8. Hamstring injury
Hamstring strains commonly occur when the muscle is torn near the place where the tendon is attached to it.
Common symptoms include:
Difficulty during walking.
Unnatural tightness in the back of the thigh.
Swelling and pain in the affected region/
- Muscle spasms.
This is simply an inflammation of the tendon occurring as a result of overuse.
10. Groin pull
Groin pulls commonly occur when the inner thigh muscles are stretched beyond their limits.
Ways to keep football injuries at bay
Using well-fitted shin guards and cleats.
Being aware of poor field conditions and taking immediate precautions on the basis of the same.
Warming up thoroughly before the game.
Doing stretches before the game.
Loosening up tight muscle via massaging.
Avoiding repetitive motions.
Doing strength and agility training to get back to fitness after a long period of inactivity.
Maintaining proper fitness. The injury rate is considerably higher in unfit than fit footballers.
Paying special attention to the environment.
Knowing the different injury prevention strategies from a qualified sports medicine professional.
So that more or less sums up our article. It’s time we sign off for the time being. If you had experienced any of the above injuries in the past or are recovering from the same, feel free to let us know of your rehab experience in the comments section below. We will be glad to hear from you.