Most Common Football Injuries and Treatment for Student Athletes
Football is one of the most played sports by student-athletes. While the sport is loved by many, the injuries that result from it certainly aren’t. With football season picking up, here are five of the most common football injuries and their treatments.
Your ankles are used in every type of movement, and they take on a lot of pressure in sports that involve running. Unfortunately, the nature of football makes it all too easy to suffer from an ankle sprain.
Treatment: Athletes suffering from ankle sprains are encouraged to follow the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), and some may even be prescribed a brace or splint to help the ankle heal.
A hamstring sprain is described as a sudden or sharp pain behind the thigh, where the hamstring muscle is located. This injury generally occurs during running or after engaging in a high kick or sudden stretching movement.
Treatment: Depending on the severity of the strain, it’s recommended to follow the RICE method and avoid bearing weight on your leg. The athlete can also engage in strengthening and stretching exercises to help rebuild the muscle and increase flexibility.
There are three types of knee injuries commonly seen in football players. They are:
- ACL tear: a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament
- PCL tear: a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament
- Meniscus tear: an injury to the part of the knee known as the meniscus
Treatment: All three of these injuries often require surgery to repair the tear and then physical therapy to rehabilitate the area.
Rotator Cuff Strain
The rotator cuff helps to support your arm at your shoulder joint. A strain to this area causes pain in the shoulder and a tearing sensation. In addition, patients often report feeling that pain is radiating down their arm.
Treatment: A strained rotator cuff needs about two to four weeks to heal. Patients can apply the RICE method to the area to reduce pain and swelling. They may also wear a sling to isolate the arm and prevent unnecessary movements.
Visit All Cure Spine & Sports for Football Injuries
Football injuries can negatively affect an athlete’s physical and mental health. Here at AllCure Spine & Sports, we do all we can to help you have a speedy and safe recovery. After an initial evaluation to determine your injury, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to get you back on the field before you know it. Contact us online to learn more.