Football is a very popular sport. From flag to professional, thousands of football players take to the field each year. Football is known for its action-packed match-ups. It’s also known for its high risk of injuries. That’s the nature of the game. Contact football is an injury-ridden sport.
Recreational football players can sprain an ankle, dislocate a shoulder, or just push their bodies further than they can go, and end up with sore muscles the next day.
Common football injuries include:
For athletes who have experienced a sports-related injury, UPMC Center for Sports Medicine’s orthopaedic surgeons and board-certified physical therapists will help to speed recovery and restore function.
Training Tips and Techniques
The most important thing a player can do to avoid injury is prepare your body so it doesn't have to do more than it can handle. Experts suggest that athletes stay in shape, maintain flexibility, do aerobic activities, strengthening activities, endurance activities, acclimate to the hot temperatures of late summer, and stay well hydrated.
Individuals should consult a physician before beginning any kind of training or conditioning program.