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FOOTBALL! What to Know About Injury Prevention at the High School Level

By Staff, 07/02/18, 9:15AM EDT


With every week that passes, football season is getting that much closer! While we are vey excited about the start of the 2018 season, we want our student-athletes, coaches and families to know that while injury is most times inevitable at this level there are things you can do to help prevent anything major. OrthoCarolina treats all levels of athletes and all types of injuries. So, if you want to know more about the typical football injuries and things you can do now to prevent them, please read below:

Some facts to know about high school and college football injuries:

  • Highest rates of injuries are seen in the pre-season, followed by the regular season and post season.
  • Ligament injuries are the most common kinds of injuries, with sprains of the lateral ankle and medial collateral ligaments of the knee being most prevalent.
  • Players are nearly seven times more likely to be injured during a game than during practice.
  • Concussions account for a significant number of injuries.
  • Re-injuries are too common!

My advice, as a medical provider, for football players out there getting ready for August/September:

  • Have a pre-season physical… and follow your care team’s recommendations.
  • Follow a solid pre-season training program of nutrition, strength training and conditioning.
  • Minimize overuse. Over 10% of injuries are related to overuse patterns, so don’t skip rest periods or play other sports. Just because you’re not playing football doesn’t mean you’re resting.
  • Stay hydrated with both clear water and sports drinks, especially during hot weather.
  • All safety equipment needs to fit properly.
  • Depending on your position (linemen) and institution, a knee brace may be optional or required equipment. Although controversial, the use of these braces is becoming more common. Talk with your sports medicine professional regarding your particular needs.
  • If you do happen to have an injury, don’t hide it. Small things can turn into big things when they’re ignored.  Our goal will be to get you back on that field as fast as possible. 

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