Need to Know Regarding Football Injuries

Most football injuries happen to be soft tissue injuries, and this is perhaps the only positive thing about them. As may be expected, 50 to 80 percent of the injuries that happen in soccer affect the legs and feet of the athlete. Foot pain is also a major component in this case. Sprained ankles happen to be the most common injury in football.

Knee injuries:

Knee injuries account for 25 per cent of the injuries that footballers suffer in the leg area.
The most common is injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Due to pivoting being such an important part of the sport, it is also pretty common to see footballers suffering from meniscus tears.

Injuries that affect young players:

As far as younger footballers are concerned Osgood-Schlatter Disease is quite common. They also suffer from significant heel pain that stems from Sever’s disease.

Lower leg injuries:

For the lower leg, it is not that common to see footballers suffer from tibial shaft fractures. However, as far as lower extremity trauma is concerned, this happens to be the severest type of injury.

Head injuries:

Head injuries make up around 4 to 22 percent of the injuries suffered in football. The most common being concussions. By themselves, concussions take up 2 to 3 percent of all injuries suffered by soccer players and are often owed to collisions. A soccer player could collide with other players as well as goalposts, the ground on which the game is being played, and at times the ball as well!

They can also suffer from shoulder pain and neck pain. At times when footballers’ heads clash with the ground or hit it hard following a fall it can lead to mild whiplash as well.

Injuries sustained by goalkeepers:

In most cases, goalkeepers suffer from shoulder injuries. These can normally happen because of collisions and falls. However, field players too can injure their rotator cuffs if they fall too hard to the ground or during throw-ins.

Common Knee Injuries:

Following is a list of the most common football injuries related to knee pain:

  • ACL injury
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Osgood Schlatter’s
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Disease
  • Chondromalacia Patella

Common Ankle Injuries:

Following is a list of the most common football injuries that affect the ankle area:

  • Sprained Ankle
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement