Football is perhaps the most loved in sport in this country and a game of football between friends or as part of a local team is an enjoyable experience for people of all ages. However accidents can happen in any sport and here are some of the most common accidents when playing football.
Getting hit by the ball
It may not sound like a serious accident, but a football can travel up to 60mph during a shot. If the ball were to hit in you in the face, it could cause concussion or a broken nose. If you are playing as goalkeeper, it’s important to wear gloves to protect your hands from injuries such as broken or dislocated fingers – injuries that are extremely common when playing football.
Sometimes a tackle can be a little too enthusiastic and as a result can cause injury to the tackled player. A serious tackle could result in a number of injuries, such as a fractured arm or leg.
Slips, trips & falls
Slips and trips are the single biggest cause of personal injury claims. At Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with slip & trip injuries on a daily basis and some of these even include slipping or tripping on the pitch. Ensure you wear appropriate footwear with adequate grip and avoid playing on damaged or surfaces that aren’t regularly maintained to prevent slipping or tripping.
Concussion is an injury that is becoming a particularly common when playing football due to people falling over either during a tackle or making a tackle. Head clashes are also attributed to this as players compete for the ball in the air.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries occur when an excessive load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. Repetitive strain injuries can occur in a number of body parts, including the wrists, joints and muscles. Overusing muscles when playing football can lead to a repetitive strain injury. Make full use of the half-time break and perform warming up exercises to prevent repetitive strain injuries.
Claiming compensation for a sports injury
There is a misconception that if you’ve been injured when playing sport, you may not make a claim for compensation. This is untrue; if you’ve been injured and someone else was to blame, you can indeed make a claim for a sports injury. Claiming compensation won’t heal the injuries you’ve received but can help you to cope with the financial difficulties that arise as the result of being unable to work in the wake of an accident. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on free phone 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown