Types of Injuries
The Most Common Football injury
Achilles Injuries can be painful and limit a player's ability to play. Depending on the injury’s type and severity, suffering players often miss practice or play in games until the injury completely heals.
Ankle injuries like sprains and strains are caused by playing surfaces and regular cutting motion players. So, these are the most common types of sports injuries.
Ankle sprains and strains to ligaments and tendons can be mild, moderate, or severe. In the worst cases, ankle injuries take nearly four months to recover before the player can return to normal activities.
Knee injuries often result from twisting and range from a sprain to dislocation. Common knee injuries are:
- Meniscus tears
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury
- The dislocated kneecap (patella)
Shoulder injuries can range from dislocation to shoulder tendonitis. In addition, any of the four joints in the shoulder can be susceptible to a sprain. Grade 1 sprains take about a few weeks, whereas Grade 3 sprains may need up to 8 weeks for recovery.
Bone fracturing on the gridiron can be traumatic. Bone spurs are another common bone injury among footballers. It can decline players’ ability to perform at their best level. Recovery times for bone injuries vary depending on the severity of the injury.
Overtraining injuries occur at the highest level of football because players compete with the highest intensity. Repetitive motions, from throwing to movements in weight training, regularly result in inflammation in soft tissues. Overtraining injuries can be very painful and limit players' mobility.