What is your sport: Football

Football is a sport played by 2 teams consisting of 11 players on the field at a time. The main objective is to score in the opposing team’s end by running the ball or kicking the ball through the goalposts. The team with the most points by the end of the game wins. 

Football consists of various bouts of running, stopping, and changing directions. It further requires passing and throwing skills – depending on the position of the player. The defensive line-up is more occupied with tackling, blocking, and catching the ball – where as the quarterback on the offensive line-up is often the best thrower on the team. The offensive line-up is also required to run and catch the ball according the play planed. Like any sport, practice and training of these skills is frequent in order to implement them in a game scenario. 

Football Injuries

Common Muscle Injuries from Football

The most common football injuries include: 

  • Anterior (or Posterior) Cruciate Ligament Strain: This type of injury occurs from the sudden changes in direction and running motions involved in the sport. 
  • Meniscus Injuries: Like ACL strains, meniscus injuries occur from the stress placed on the knee – as well as the quick changes in direction. 
  • Ankle Sprains: An ankle sprain is a common injury in football due to the terrain they play on and the fact that they are often paying attention to the ball (as they should in the game) rather than their feet. 
  • Achilles Tendonitis: The repeated stress caused by running and push off on the achilles tendon may lead to this type of injury in football. 
  • Rotator Cuff Sprains: These are fairly common in defensive and offensive linemen when reaching for or catching the ball. 
  • Acromioclavicular Injuries: Contact in this sport increases the risk of AC injuries occurring.  

How Can You Alleviate Your Football Injuries?

With proper care, most injuries can be effectively and efficiently treated. Rest is often initially required for the body to heal properly. Strengthening the injured area further reduces the chances of recurring injuries. For most injuries, the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) method may be used for initial first aid and care. 

At Athlete’s Choice Massage, massage, orthopaedic assessment, osteopathy, sport taping, and acupuncture services are available to help you get back to your sport of choice. Our professional and experienced team is committed to helping each and every patient regain strength, flexibility, and function following an injury.  

Get the most out of your life. Recover faster and better. And book your next appointment with Athlete’s Choice Massage today. 

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