Football season is finally here! Football is perhaps the most popular sport in the world with over 240 million registered players. To many, this is an exciting time of the year. However exciting, the high-impact sport of football brings countless injuries, some serious and life altering. A few days ago, North Illinois’ quarterback suffered a left knee injury and is expected to miss a majority, if not all, of this year’s football season.
According to Stop Sports Injuries (SPI), football leads all the other sports in the total number of personal injuries. For instance, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in the year 2007 alone, there were more than 920,000 young football players, below the age of 18 that were treated for football-related injuries.
If you, or your loved one, anticipate partaking in the sport, it is important that you are knowledgeable of the potential injuries. Having such knowledge will help you prevent getting injured yourself. If, however, you are injured while playing football, you may be entitled to compensation under certain circumstances. If this is the case, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
Common Football Injuries
SPI compiled a list of some of the most common football injuries. First of all, traumatic injuries often occur in football. With traumatic injuries, knee injuries are the most common, especially injuries to the ACL and PCL. In addition, football players often sprain their ankles. In addition, football players often injure their shoulders due to the forceful impact against other players and the ground.
Second, concussions often result when a player hits his helmet, forcefully, against another player or the ground. The safety of football helmets, and concussion prevention, has been a long-term debate across the nation. This is a grave concern as a player who constantly incurs forceful blows to the head risks future brain injuries or even death!
SPI lists some signs of a concussion. These signs include, but are certainly not limited to, headaches, dizziness, nausea, the loss of balance, numbness or tingling, difficulty with focusing and blurred vision.
Third, SPI reports that “overuse injuries” are another common category of common football injuries. When a football player over trains, for instance, this can lead to soreness in the back, especially the lower back, and soreness in the knee.
Fourth, SPI notes that “heat injuries” are another common type of football injury. These should be taken seriously, and this is especially true if you have a child that plays, or is interested in playing, football. Basically, these injuries typically occur during training camp in the summer months.
Football players during these months, because of their physical activity during training, can excessively sweat. Excessive sweating drains the body of salt and water. What is noteworthy is that if the player does not cool down the body and drink enough fluids, he may have a stroke; this can lead to death!
How to avoid Football Injuries
According to UW Medicine, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, there are several ways that a football player may avoid injuries, including those listed above. First, of course, it is important to sufficiently stretch and perform proper warm-ups before participating. After playing football, it is important to then perform cool-down routines to help the body properly heal.
As noted above, it is also important to stay hydrated. Not only does this prevent heat strokes, this also helps prevent painful cramps.
Next, to ensure that your safety equipment, such as a helmet and kneepads, protects from injury, it is important that you ensure the equipment fits properly and is not too loose or too tight.
To help avoid neck injuries, it is important that you hit another player with your head up. Do not hit or tackle a player with your head down. This increases the chances that you will sustain a neck injury.
If you or your loved one was incurred injury playing football, if certain circumstances exist, you may be entitled to compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the skill and experience needed to aggressively represent you. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.