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Football injuriesFootball. It’s a sport that engenders strong feelings and high spirits. Fans paint themselves in their team colors and risk frostbite to exhibit their painted bodies.

Stadiums are packed with people dressed in coats and scarves while snow falls and the giants on the field fight for the final title. Tailgate parties bring in even more fans than the stadiums can accommodate but the fans wait patiently outside for news of their favorite team and the fate that awaits them on the field.

But what of the players themselves? Football is a strongly physical sport. Although well padded to prevent broken bones, tears, sprains, strains and concussions, football only gets more and more physical each year. It’s a contact sport and in contact sports there are bound to be injuries.

There are those players, however, who aren’t blessed with the padding, helmets and protection of the professional players but re-enact their favorite plays in the backyards. Or families who organize touch football games on crisp fall afternoons. And though these games aren’t fraught with the same physical violence and contact they do produce their share of weekend warrior injuries.

Some of the more common injuries that players experience often require long periods of rehabilitation, surgical reconstruction and recovery. The entire gladiator approach that permeates the culture of football, from the elementary school through to college level, helps to increase the number, type and severity of injuries that players face.

Players are subtly encouraged to play through the pain, ignore the headaches, and forget about the limp. Instead, take one for the team, be a leader and show the others that you are, above all else, tough.

The list of common football injuries is fairly extensive, as sports injuries go. They encompass injuries that affect the legs and knees, shoulders, elbows, hands, back and most importantly the head and neck. This list of common football injuries isn’t inclusive. In other words, there are other injuries they are just less common.

Head and Neck:

  • Concussion
  • Whip lash
  • Neck Strain
  • Stinger of the Neck


  • Shoulder Fracture
  • Torn Rotator Cuff
  • Shoulder separation
  • Shoulder Disclocation


Knees and Legs:

  • ACL/PCL Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Groin Pull
  • Hamstring pull, tear or strain
  • Quadricep contusion
  • Hip Pointer
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
  • Shin Splints
  • Calf Muscle pull or strain
  • Broken bone

Foot and Ankle:


Football injuries

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