Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Can you believe high school football season is already underway in Houston? Between the intense heat of August and the nerves caused by Friday night lights, high school football players are at high risk for injury. If you have a football player in your family, make sure he knows about the most common injuries (discussed below in this blog post), as well as what may be done to prevent injury.
The Four Most Common Football Injuries
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “In 2007, more than 920,000 athletes under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics for football-related injuries.”
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that the four most common types of football injuries are:
- Traumatic Injuries. ACL tears and other knee injuries are some of the most common traumatic injuries. Ankle sprains and shoulder injuries are also fairly common among football players.
- Concussions. As one of the most intense contact sports, football sees its share of concussions. Learn more about concussions and what to do if you sustain one.
- Overuse Injuries. With long days of drills and busy practice schedules, many football players suffer overuse injuries, such as patellar tendinitis. Learn how cross training can support muscles that get a lot of use.
- Heat Injuries. Finally, football players can easily become susceptible to heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses – especially on hot full-pads days. Learn how to deal with muscle cramps in these hot Houston summers.
What Can You Do to Prevent Football Injuries In Houston?
There is good news. There are several things parents and high school athletes can do to prevent football injuries. First and foremost, it’s important to see your primary care provider or a sports medicine doctor in Houston for a pre-season checkup.
Next, it’s important to remember that injuries don’t just occur during gameplay. Many injuries occur in practice. Take time to warm up before every game and practice in order to minimize risk of injury.
Also, it’s especially important in Houston’s hot and humid climate that athletes remember to stay hydrated.
Finally, wear appropriate pads, helmets and equipment, and follow your coach’s instructions in best practices. Learning how to safely tackle, for example, may reduce your risk of a head or neck injury.
Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
Have questions? To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, call (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.