Posted September 4th, 2017

preventing football injuries

Football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2012, approximately 466,492 people were treated for football-related injuries in ERs. Knee injuries are the most common, especially to the anterior or posterior cruciate, ACL/PCL, and to the menisci, cartilage of the knee. Shoulders are susceptible to injury among offensive and defensive linemen.

Tips for Preventing Football Injuries

  • Start the football season in good physical condition. During off-season, maintain a balanced fitness program, including aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility.
  • All players should have a pre-season physical to determine readiness to play.
  • Warm up with jumping jacks, running or walking for 5 minutes and stretching, holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Stretch at the end of practice or play to reduce muscle soreness.
  • Drink 24 ounces of fluid 2 hours before exercise and an additional 8 ounces of water or sports drink immediately before exercise. While exercising, drink 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Dehydration inhibits athletic performance.

Protective Equipment

According to Pop Warner Football, Office Play Book, players should have the following protective gear:

  • Helmet
  • Shoulder pads, hip pads, tail pads, knee pads
  • Pants (one piece or shell)
  • Thigh guards
  • Jersey
  • Mouth guard with strap
  • Athletic supporter
  • Shoes, non-detachable or detachable cleats based on league
  • Eyeglasses with non-shattering, safety glass or contact lenses

Coaches should be knowledgeable about first aid for minor injuries and recognize serious injuries. Coaches should have a plan to reach medical help for significant injuries. DOC is open all day and weekends for immediate expert orthopedic care.


Sources:

STOP Sports Injuries

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

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