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Common Football Injuries

Prevention and treatment of common aches, pains and injuries from football


Updated May 13, 2014

Football injuries and pain
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Football injuries are common and range from minor annoying aches and pains to serious, traumatic injuries. It’s important to use the right pads and protective gear, but even so, the following pains and injuries are not uncommon.

Knee and Leg

Head, Neck and Shoulder

Foot and Ankle injuries

  • Ankle Sprains
    The most common of all ankle injuries, an ankle sprain occurs when there is a stretching and tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle joint.
  • Achilles Tendonitis
    Achilles tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse and it felt as pain in back of the ankle. If this is ignored it may increase your risk of Achilles Tendon Rupture.
  • Blisters
    Blisters are fluid-filled sacks on the surface of the skin that commonly occurs on the hands, or the feet.
  • Turf Toe

Hand injuries


Other Football Injuries
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are the most common type of football injury. The best immediate treatment for sprains and strains is the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

Muscle Cramps
A cramp is a sudden, intense pain caused by a muscle involuntary and forcibly contracting muscle that does not relax. Similar to, but not the same as a Side Stitch.

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness
This is some muscle soreness may be felt from 12-48 hours following the activity.

Overtraining Syndrome
Overtraining syndrome frequently occurs in athletes who are training for competition or a specific event and train beyond the body's ability to recover.

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