With more than 240 million registered (professional) and many millions more recreational players, football (soccer) is the most popular sport in the world. Like others participating in fast-paced, competitive contact sports, football players sometimes sustain accidental injuries.
A few statistics
According to information provided by the ‘Physioroom‘, the rate of football injuries per 1,000 hours of play is nine to 35 injuries in adults and 0.5 to 13 in adolescents (making it fairly clear that as players age, they are more likely to sustain football related injuries). This is higher than the rate of sporting injuries in:
- Field hockey
Apparently, more injuries are sustained during competitive football matches than during training sessions. Personal injury rates are also higher in women’s football than in men’s football.
Most common injuries
The majority of injuries on the football pitch affect players’ lower extremities (groin, pelvis and hip; thigh and knee; calf, ankle and foot). The most commonly sustained footballing injuries consist of:
- Hamstring strains – Typically the result of hamstring muscles forcibly stretched beyond capacity causing muscle tissue to tear during sprinting on the pitch
- Sprained ankles – This type of soft tissue damage is often the result of the ankle being twisted inwards during tackles, by awkward landings after jumps or as a result of slips, trips and falls on the pitch
- Knee cartilage tears – This kind of sporting injury is typically caused when the knee is twisted while bearing weight, such as when slipping, tripping or falling; turning to take a ‘shot’ or avoiding a tackle, for instance
- Hernias – Large stresses on the pelvic region during sprinting, turning and kicking are among the most common causes of hernias and other groin problems
- ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) injury – The ACL can be injured by landing on an over-extended knee or by twisting after landing on a bent knee after a jump).
While the majority of football-related injuries occur as a result of collisions with other players; poor tackles or awkward landings, after jumps or when slipping or tripping, account for approximately 25 to 33 per cent of these injuries, overuse injuries that develop over prolonged periods of time.
Claiming for compensation
If you sustained an injury on the football pitch due to a poor or deliberately nasty tackle; a slip, trip or fall; or as a result of overuse, there is a chance that you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Get helpful advice and confirmation of your claim eligibility by contacting Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.