Do you know the most common injuries in American Football?
American football is a contact sport where the athletes literally collide and tacle eachother with high power and velocity.
Eventhough the players wear the right protection equipment, the risk of injuries is still high.
Ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee injuries and overuse injuries in the shoulder area are among the most common moderat injuries in the sport. Unfortunately more severe injuries such as concussions and injuries to the nerve supply of the neck, shoulders and upper arm are also common in the world of American football.
There are several precautions you can take to prevent many of these injuries and to lessen the degree of severity. You can start by studying the rules of the game and play by these, and wear the right equipment. All of your protective gear should be in good condition and fit you well.
The more severe head- and neck injuries can be prevented by using correct technique in tackling, and it’s therefore important for coaches in the sport to focus on this during practices. In addition to these precautions, being in good physical shape and having a strong body will prevent injuries and have a positive effect on your development as an athlete in the sport.
Read more about the common injuries in American football.
- Ankle sprain
- Knee ligament injuries
- Hamstring strain
- Groin strain
- Thigh contusion
- Head injuries (primarily concussion)
- Neck pain
- Shoulder dislocation