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A Few Common Football Injuries That Can Affect any Athlete

November 20, 2021 by admin0

Football is a very popular game across the world with a number of popular athletes. Do you know that even a seasoned athlete can encounter some common injuries in this game? Want to know some types of injuries any football player can encounter? Here are a few of them and the ways sports medicine doctors can treat those injuries…

  • Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is a common sports injury and especially common in football. This injury can occur when a player bends it beyond its motion range or anytime when he rolls his ankle. Ankle sprain often takes place when the foot lands on the ground at a bad angle and twists. Ankle sprains can be of two types –high sprains and simple sprains. A simple sprain usually heals by taking a rest and applying ice twice or thrice a day. On the contrary, a high ankle sprain is a severe one for which one has to visit a sports medicine doctor for the right treatment.

  • Meniscus Tears

There are a cartilage named menisci, between shin bones and thigh. It acts as a cushion and stabilizes the knee. When a meniscusrips due to degeneration or acute trauma then a meniscus tear occurs. Meniscus tears are common in football because there is a lot of twisting and pivoting in this game. Symptoms of this illness are incapability to extend the knee, stiffness and pain. When a player faces any of these symptoms, he should immediately stop playing. Meniscus tears can heal with icing and rest, but for severe injuries, surgery is required.

  • Hamstring Strains

What is hamstring? It is the muscle running from the top of the leg to the back of the knees. It helps to move forward while running. If this muscle stretches or tears too far, then it causes sharp pain in the thighs. This is hamstring strain and when a person experiences the symptoms of this injury, he should not put weight on his leg and take as much rest as possible keeping his leg in an elevated position. Icing the inflamed place twice or thrice a day also helps in alleviating the swelling.

  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries

ACL injuries are one of the common injuries of the football game. These injuries vary according to their severity and they are categorized in different grades –

  • Grade 1 Sprain – ligament stretches slightly
  • Grade 2 Sprain – ligament gets loose
  • Grade 3 Sprain – ligament separates completely and become highly severe

Hence, if a person experiences symptoms of any of the above football injuries, he should consult a proficient orthopedic specialist.

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