Avoid Injury Playing Football This Summer … !

Even if you’re not normally a soccer fan, you may well be asked to get outside and have a kickabout now the evenings are getting longer and days are warmer.

It’s our national sport and has the power to bring together people from all walks of life. Football is almost an international language with a staggering 270 million people playing in games around the world.

Preventing the 6 most common football injuries

Injuries Occur – Prevent Them!

But football can come with some consequence as football injuries are all too common.

Muscle injuries occur frequently through sudden bursts of acceleration, sprinting, sudden stopping, lunging, sliding or a high kick.

Ankle and knee are the most common when ligaments are strained, during twisting, jumping, turning and tackling.

And don’t forget groin pain with 20% of players getting some sort of groin tweak in a typical season.

But nearly half of all injuries on the football field can be avoided.

Underlying Weakness Or Imbalance

Mostly, injuries are caused by an underlying weakness in the muscles of the leg, core or pelvis. Or an imbalance on the body makeup.

Warmup exercises and training programmes designed to address vulnerable areas during a game can reduce your risk of getting injured by a huge percentage.

Your physical fitness is the single most important factor in preventing soccer injuries.

What Do Studies Say … ?

For instance, studies have found that —

  • Among players who participated in pre-season training 3x a week, there were seven times fewer ACL injuries and just as big a decrease in the risk of ankle sprain.
  • 51% of hamstring injuries can be avoided with good warmup routines.
  • Neuromuscular training for the knee can reduce the incidents of serious knee injury by 3.5x.
  • Strength training reduces injury by nearly half compared to players who do none.

Whether you are an avid player or prefer to play part-time as a pastime, injuries can be bad news. But a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way.

The Top 6 Injuries

So here is a list of the top 6 most common football injuries:

  • ACL Injury
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Groin Strains
  • Contusion Injury

If you want to understand more about any of these aspects or you are experiencing any of these issues, get in touch with us.

We can prepare a preventative programme incorporating both strength and training can help keep you in the game. Or if you have already suffered from a injury, get in touch.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Knee pain affects nearly 50% of people over the age of 50, and in 25% of those people it becomes a long-term problem although it can occur at any time of life. The pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee can significantly reduce your quality of life, your experiences with your family and impact on your daily activities.

Unlike some forms of arthritis which result in inflamed, swollen, hot, painful joints, osteoarthritis (OA) is different. OA is a degenerative arthritis, where the cartilage in your joints, or in this case the cartilage in the knee, starts to break down.

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Chronic Plantar Heel Pain

Heel pain, or as it is officially known chronic plantar heel pain (CPHP) is usually a change in the nature of the tissue within the sole of your foot, attaching to your heel bone called the plantar fascia. This structure acts as a strong guide wire between the heel and the big toe as you move through your foot during walking and running.

More rarely, CPHP can affect the heel bone itself, and sometimes the heel pad. In children the condition must be differentiated from growth plate pain in the region (Sever’s disease), and in adults medical conditions such as gout.

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