World Cup Fever: How to Tackle these 5 Football Injuries
Following a nail-biting penalty shootout against Columbia on Tuesday evening, the England football team have guaranteed their place in the World Cup quarter-finals, and will be playing Sweden this weekend. With football on the nations's brain, we've been looking into the most common football-related injuries and the best ways to tackle them...
A hamstring injury is a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh. Hamstring strains are a common injury among all athletes. Treating a hamstring injury is straightforward: rest the leg and apply a cool pack or ice to reduce the initial pain. Then, compress the leg and elevate it on a pillow or any available higher surface. Suggest the injured player takes anti-inflammatory painkillers.
Concussion is a temporary injury to the brain caused by a sudden bump or jolt to the head, so it's unsurprising that concussion is a fairly regular injury on the pitch. Signs of a concussion, like dizziness and confusion, tend to appear within a few minutes or hours of a head injury. To aid recovery, advise the concussed individual to get plenty of bed rest and to avoid stressful situations. Make sure they're supervised or regularly checked on.
Knee Ligament Injuries
Ligament injuries are one of the most common injuries encountered by football players and unfortunately very few fully recover from the problem. Robert Pires, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, Ronaldo, and Ruud van Nistelrooy have all suffered from prolonged knee ligament damage. To treat ligament injuries, raise the affected knee on a pillow. Suggest the injured person wears a knee brace to stabilize the knee and protect it from further injury. Suggest anti-inflammatory painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxyn to help with swelling.
An ankle sprain is an injury to the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that surround and connect the bones of the leg to the foot. The injury typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones and joints together. Protect the injury by using a support, ensure the sprained ankle is sufficiently rested, compressed and elevated as often as possible.
Hernia and groin problems are common in sports, particularly in football where the pelvic region is subject to stresses during kicking, sprinting and turning. The most common surgical procedure for treating sports hernia involves repairing torn groin and lower-abdomen tissues with internal sutures, followed by a six to eight-week period of intensive physical rehabilitation. This allows muscle strength to rebuild.
One of our Lead Nurses, in our Bristol branch offered the following advice...
"Injuries are sadly unavoidable and come with the territory of playing any sport. There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk, though, like warming up and cooling down properly. Wearing the right kit also helps! If you do get injured, then take time off to recover properly and don't push yourself!"