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How to Avoid Three Common Football Injuries This Season

avoid football injuriesFootball is a rough and tough game, leaving players susceptible to injuries. Make sure you and/or your student athletes stay in the game this season by avoiding these three common injuries.

Concussions

Concussions are one of the most common and most talked about football injuries. Over time, multiple concussions can cause lasting damage to the brain. You may have a concussion if you take a hard hit and experience symptoms like drowsiness, blurry vision, trouble concentrating, dizziness or nausea.

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to avoid concussions in football. You can reduce your risk by always wearing your helmet, avoiding helmet-to-helmet contact, and playing clean. Strengthening your neck and shoulder muscles may also help support your head, preventing it from moving around too much when you take a hit.

Knee Injuries

Your knees are under a lot of strain during the game, whether you are cutting quickly to the side or taking a direct hit to your knee. Sprains, strains, and even ACL tears are common injuries for football players.

The key to avoiding knee injuries is to build strength in your legs and hips through conditioning exercises. Stretching before practice or games can also help your muscles and tendons better take a hit. Certain drills can also help you improve your balance and body mechanics to reduce your risk of injury.

If your knee is injured, it is also vital that you give it plenty of rest. If you return to the game too soon, you risk an even more severe injury.

Shoulder Injuries

It’s not uncommon for football players to experience shoulder dislocations, separations, or fractures. Repeated blows to the shoulder, especially if you have your arm extended to the side, can put too much pressure on the shoulder joint and cause injury.

Like other injuries, strengthening your shoulders and back can help prevent many shoulder injuries. You should also always wear proper safety equipment and use the right form to block, tackle or throw.

Stretching your back, torso, and shoulder before activity can also help your muscles and tendons if you fall or are tackled. Remember to always tell your coach or sports trainer about shoulder problems so you can receive the proper care and prevent serious injuries.

Bon Secours sports performance specialists can help you develop strength, flexibility, and proper body mechanics to help prevent these common injuries. Contact the sports performance experts today to help you stay in the game all season long.