Tackling Football Injuries Head On

By St Helena Sports Medicine
September 15, 2016

It’s football season! And if you’re an active participant in this contact sport, you know how much wear and tear your body endures for the good of the game. Unfortunately, football injuries can happen anywhere on the body, regardless of protective equipment, and there are certain ones that rise to the top time and again. So whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, it’s important to be aware of the most common football injuries in an effort to avoid them.

Concussion
When you suffer traumatic impact to your head, you’re susceptible to a concussion. And it may be surprising that not all concussions can cause loss of consciousness. In fact, a concussion can manifest itself in other ways like headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, trouble with balance, blurry vision, difficulty with concentration, or numbness and tingling. To avoid concussion, tackle with your head up rather than leading with your helmet.

Knee Injury
This is an extremely common football injury, especially as it relates to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the cartilage in your knee. When you injure your knee you put yourself at greater risk of being sidelined for the rest of the season. As always, it’s important to wear properly fitted protective gear, such as a helmet, pads and mouth guard at all times.

Shoulder Injury
Also quite common in football is shoulder injuries. The most susceptible area to injury is the cartilage surrounding your shoulder socket, especially if you are an offensive or defensive lineman. Proper padding is also essential to avoid a serious shoulder injury.

Overuse
When you overtrain or go beyond your body’s ability to recover, you leaving yourself open for general back pain, particularly in the lower back, as well as knee pain caused by the constant combination of high speeds and full contact that football requires. Be sure to perform adequate warm-up and cool-down exercises, and allow your body adequate rest during downtime.

Want to learn more about staying safe on the field? Contact Napa Vacaville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.
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