Each sport has its own potential injuries to overcome, with football being no different. Here is a list of the most common types of football injuries faced by players, from ankle injuries to hamstring injuries.
Foot injuries are probably one of the more publicized forms of football injuries to occur and typically involve the metatarsal. Injuries relating the metatarsal typically result from trauma, whether the impact is sustained by accident or as a result of a challenge. Biomechanical imbalances can also lead to metatarsal injuries.
Knee injuries can range in their severity and the length of recovery time required, from just a few days to a few months and more. I know a guy at wedding photography Atlanta Ga that had a major injury, but did recover nicely after surgery. The majority of knee injuries are as a result of ligament damage, with the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) being the main culprit. The ligaments are the tough bands of tissue connecting the bones within the joint and are responsible for stabilisation.
When considering football injuries the majority of knee injuries are self-limiting, with straight forward sprains taking a few days to heal following rest and using ice to manage any inflammation. These can occur as a result of a player turning and getting their leg caught in the turf or following a challenge or awkward landing.
Ankle injuries are common in all high active sports, from football to tennis, with a player required to turn and pivot on their ankle at speed. When you do this repeatedly you increase the risk of injury with the joint potentially rolling and causing damage to the ligaments as they are overstretched.
As with knee injuries, ankle injuries affect the joint ligaments with the injury ranging in its severity and recovery time. A straight forward sprain can stop you from continuing the match but after a few days of rest you should be back on your feet and ready for action once again.
As well as injuries following slips or trips on the pitch there is also the risk of injury from challenges. A heavy challenge or an awkward landing can impact on the ankle joint leading to injury and take you out of the game. Whilst many players wear shin pads with ankle joint protectors to help against impact, they offer little support in stabilising the ankle joint and preventing it from rolling.
A rupture or tear to the ligaments is one of the more serious forms of ankle injuries, affecting your ability to walk and can require surgery. As with knee injuries, surgery of this type will involve a lengthy spell on the sidelines before a player is able to begin training once again.
It is difficult to protect against ankle injuries as there are many outside influences in that of the pitch and other players, but what you can do is limit the damage caused by stopping following an injury. Carrying on playing, no matter how important, can cause more damage.
Hamstring injuries occur in sports where there is a lot of stopping and starting, including running, tennis and football. A tear in the muscles at the back of the thigh is referred to as a hamstring injury and is one of the more common football injuries seen as players continually push themselves.
As with most other injuries the severity will dictate the route of rehabilitation prescribed by a club medic, with serious hamstring tears having noticeable bruising and affecting a player’s ability to walk. If the muscle itself ruptures or tears then sometimes surgery may be the only remedy.