Injuries in football
Football is without a doubt the world’s most popular sport but there are unfortunately a high number of injuries in football. There are millions of registered football players worldwide and even more who play football for recreation.
The majority of injuries in football affect the lower part of the body, namely the groin, pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, calf, foot and ankle. Most injuries are caused by trauma, for example as the result of a collision, either with another player, the ground or the goal posts. Landing awkwardly after a jump or a tackle are also causes of injury. However, a great many injuries are due to wear and tear and failure to warm up properly.
Statistics have demonstrated that there are between 9 and 35 injuries per 1000 hours of football played among adults, but far fewer in younger people, recording between 0.5 and 13 injuries per 1000 hours of football. The older you are, the more likely you are to get an injury and women are more likely to sustain an injury than men. Injuries in competitive matches outmatch those in friendlies or in training.
In spite of these statistics football continues to be a highly popular sport, more so that others such as cricket, hockey and rugby. Unfortunately there are many more injuries in football compared to these and other sports such as cycling, swimming, skiing, basketball and badminton, although unlike the injuries sustained in these sports at times, injuries in football are generally a lot less severe. Minor to mild injuries will include bruises and joint sprains and these are the most frequent.
Simply knowing what the most popular injuries in football are, and their causes can actually help prevent you getting injured.
Ankle injuries: An Ankle sprain is the single most common injury in football, often caused by collision or by twisting it or landing awkwardly. Always get an ankle injury seen to as you can have long term problems.
Knee injuries: Knee injuries can be very severe, and very painful especially if you tear one or more of your ligaments. These take time to heal.
Hamstring injuries: You can find your hamstrings at the back of your thigh. These muscles are frequently injured when you start to run, if you are sprinting or you make any sudden moves.
Head injuries: Head injuries come after a fall or a collision with another player or the goal posts. It is extremely important that anyone with a head injury seeks expert advice and further treatment in order to rule out serious injury that may not be apparent straight away.
If you need to claim for injuries in football
If you have had an accident in the last three years and received some injuries in football as a result of someone else’s negligence, then consider contacting Accident Advice Helpline for information about how you could make a claim for compensation. You can call us completely free, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500.