The occurrence of injuries related to football always increases with the coming of the sports season in fall. Regardless of the fact that some injuries might be able to be prevented from happening by practice of good techniques, warm up routines and cross-training, mostly all athletes end up getting into an accident or at least an injury in their football career. You don’t know if that particular injury is going to happen this season or the next one, but it is always a great idea to stay informed and be prepared how to heal and recover from the injury. This way, you will not only have knowledge, but you’ll be ready to handle any incoming challenges this season!

Football players jump, collide, run and pivot all the time during practice or playing a course. Any of this might lead to chance of some injuries. Some common places footballers get injured on are:

1 - Leg Injuries

Another common injury amongst football players is the tearing or pulling of a hamstring. The reason it usually occurs is the performance of some movements which are sudden and explosive and the body isn’t either ready or warmed up properly. Impacts of tackling can also lead to contusions.

2 - Knee Injuries

ACL, Meniscus tears and MCL is caused by damage inflicted upon the muscles as well as the ligament present in the area surrounding the joint of the knee.

3 - Ankle Injuries

Ankle fracture is mainly caused by sudden change in direction when changing sides, running or something of this sort. Apart from ankle fracture it can lead to severe damage to tissues of the ankle and its joints.

4 - Shoulder Injuries

Activities like diving or tackling have impacts and can be the cause of dislocation of the shoulder or separation. Repetitive injuries might be faced by Quarterbacks for example tendinitis and bursitis.

5 - Strains and sprains

Strains & spraining of ligaments are common to athletes of all types. Although in lower extremities, it occurs with footballers as well and the sites of accident are usually the shoulders, wrists or elbows.

Recovering from football injuries

Any injury’s healing process is totally dependent upon the severity of it. Surgery may be necessary to repair the tissues which have been torn or the bones which have been fractured. In most cases, recovery usually involves a combo of:

• RICE therapy standing for rest, ice, compression, elevation.
• Pain medication
• Physical therapy

Rest, ice, compression and elevation therapy

Being one of the oldest therapies to treat sports injuries, RICE is therapy that includes resting for the area that is injure, using ice to ease the pain, compression application to the swollen areas, and elevation of the injured area preventing edema build-up.

Medication

Prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines are easily sold to elevate pain because of the injury. The use of an NSAID might be help in the reduction of swelling as well

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is required by injuries that involve the regaining of flexibility and muscle strength. Usually this is needed in cases of a significant tear of the ligament or surgery.

Any injury can be helped in its healing process by these tips. But of course, if anything is greater than a strain or a sprain, you should consult a specialist or a physician

Author's Bio: 

Founder of AMMFitness.co.uk Adnan specialises in Sports Injuries, Health & Fitness and Nutrition.

Adnan has and still enjoys a varied sporting life, this includes football, basketball, swimming and also works out regularly in the gym.

When away from work he runs a successful football coaching program for the youths, devising and setting up drills and exercise programs.