Football is a popular sport across the UK. Whether you are old or young you may enjoy watching and even playing this national pastime. However, inherently accompanying the game is the risk to injury. So, what are the common injuries on a football field?
Slips, trips and fall grazes, cuts and bruises
This is quite a common accident on the field. If the ground is wet or you are tackled, the likelihood of sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury in the form of a cut, graze or bruise is very high. This is almost an expected injury at most games especially when the football field is fully exposed. While these types of accidents tend to cause knocks and bruises, accidents that are much more severe can occur.
Tendon damage on the field
This is another common injury on the field. Due to the nature of football and the speed of the game it is not uncommon for players to damage the tendons in their legs or ankles. This could be anything from a slight strain to a more severe fall injury such as snapping a tendon.
Sprains and breaks
Since more health and safety rules were introduced to the game, the severity of slip, trip or fall injuries has decreased. However, sprains and breaks are still a common occurrence. This could be caused in multiple ways from colliding with another player to falling on the ground and landing on your leg awkwardly.
Head injuries from a slip, trip or fall
Unlike rugby, footballers are not required to wear padded helmets as it is not considered as much of a contact sport. However, head injuries are still a common injury on the field. There are multiple reasons for this; it has recently been proved that if a footballer constantly heads the ball he could sustain brain damage but this is in the long run. Head injuries could also be caused by a fall injury where another player is involved, this could take the shape of a boot to the head, a simple collision or worse.
Abdomen pain and hernias
As footballers are constantly kicking the ball, sprinting and turning, they are constantly putting stress on their abdomen. And that’s not even taking into account the injuries that occur in the region when players collide which can lead to severe abdominal injuries.
Get in touch
if you have sustained a slip, trip or fall injury or any other injury within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline today. Call one of our friendly advisors on our 24-hour free phone on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown