football injuries

Common football injuries

This time the football 2022 world cup is happening in Qatar. FIFA 2022 will commence from the 20th of November until the 18th of December. The Twenty-second edition of the competition and the first one in the Arab world. This time there are 32 teams lined up for FIFA, and 64 matches will be held across eight venues. About 39 days left for this football festival to begin, and football fans worldwide are counting the days eagerly to cheer for their favorite team. But what would your team be without your favorite players?

Whether it’s your favorite player playing or you copying Ronaldo’s best move, there is a high chance of getting hurt during practice. Getting hurt is normal when you play a game that needs a high level of physical burst of energy and activity. 

Specific injuries are very common in those who play football regularly. Here is the list of some prevalent injuries in football:

  • ACL Injury 

An anterior cruciate ligament injury is a rupture or sprain of one of the strong bands of tissue that joins your thigh bone to your shinbone. Sports involving quick stops or changes in direction, jumping, and landing, such as soccer, basketball, football, and downhill skiing, are the most prevalent causes of ACL injuries. The ACL’s location renders it accountable for sustaining the knee’s integrity in the face of such stress. Injuries sometimes occur when a player places a foot on the ground and then attempts to twist their body concerning that planted foot, putting their weight on it.

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  • Shoulder Dislocation 

A shoulder dislocation injury occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket on the shoulder blade. Because the shoulder is the body’s most flexible joint, it is more prone to dislocation. Shoulder dislocation is a recurrent injury that a football player can get again and again. Shoulder instability and dislocation are 10% to 14% prevalent in football players. The majority of shoulder dislocations are caused by trauma. When any force is applied to an outstretched arm, the shoulder dislocates typically anteriorly, as observed when a football player reaches out to make a tackle or an athlete extends their arm to break a fall.

  • Concussion

Concussions are minor traumatic brain injuries induced by a direct or indirect blow to the head or body. Your brain is surrounded by a layer of fluid inside your skull. When your head or body is struck, your brain moves or tremors inside your skull. The impact harms your brain cells, triggering chemical and cellular alterations. The common signs are headache or migraine, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, attention problems, memory problems, and sleeping problems. The symptoms of a concussion are not usually visible. Few people lose consciousness as a result of this. Every time during football season, heads and bodies are shattered and shaken.

Concussions, in reality, only affect roughly 10% of those who experience them.

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  • Hip Pointer

A hip pointer is an injury with severe pain to the iliac crest of the pelvis. The top ridge of the ilium is the iliac crest or the pelvis, the hip bone’s most significant component. A hip pointer injury is distinguished by bruising and frequently results in bleeding into the hip abductor muscles. Hip pointers are widespread among football players to a great height as high as 17.3%. A brutal hit or shock to the muscle causes a hip pointer. Players who participate in games such as football or sports where falling is common, such as volleyball, are prone to hip pointers. Sports using equipment like hockey sticks can also result in hip points.

  • Ankle Sprain 

Your ankle counts in one of the most unstable joints of your body. The ankle joint joins your foot to your lower leg. Your ankle bones are held in place by three ligaments. A sprained ankle occurs when one of these ligaments is overstretched or ruptured. Anything that causes your ankle to be stretched beyond what it is used to might cause ligament damage. This is common when your foot is bent inward or twisted. In a sport like football, where there is a significant need for footwork, ankle sprains become very common. According to a sample survey, football players had a 53.2% rate of ankle injuries.

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Prevention of such injuries is possible only by taking the proper steps towards yourself.

Drink water before, during, and after games, especially if you return to the sport after a break. Eat meals substantial in protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals in the days leading up to the game day to give you the energy you’ll need to make it through halftime.

Wear the correct equipment and a nice pair of shoes to assist your movements on the field to avoid injury.

Football injury prevention begins before the season starts with the correct fitness and training regimen. Maintain and increase flexibility with aerobic activities, strength workouts, and endurance drills.

If you are injured on the football field, get medical attention or an examination immediately. Follow your doctor’s, sports trainers, or physical therapist’s care guidelines—the RICE Procedure(REST, ICE, COLD and ELEVATION).

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Written By

Kanak Tiwari

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