We are less than a week away from Super Bowl LIII one of the most watched sporting events of the year. It is the most important game of a players career – it’s where most players aspire to be, but while it may be the most important game there are a few common football injuries that could leave a player on the bench.
Let’s break down some of the most common football injuries and the treatments for them:
Did you know that football players have a 75% chance of suffering a concussion? A blow to the head can one of the most serious sports-related injuries. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, which can occur when your brain becomes bruised due to a blow to the head. A concussion can occur during a man to man contact or from falling due to a tackle. The best course of action if you have a concussion is to seek treatment immediately to help reduce any more long term effects and to help you return to your normal routine quickly and safely. A physiotherapist can determine what combination of exercises and therapies would be best for your case.
An ACL tear can be one of the most devasting football injuries, but if treated immediately it can be an injury that you can heal and prevent in the future. An ACL tear affects one of the ligaments that stabilize the knee, injuries happen when making a sudden turn when running or when the knee takes a direct blow. An exercise plan designed for you by a qualified physiotherapist can rehabilitate your knee back to normal levels of function. Every athlete is different, but the goal of ACL physiotherapy is to increase the range of motion of the knee, strengthen the muscles around the knee, and improve balance.
Rotator Cuff Strains
Rotator cuff strains often occur from overuse and repetitive motions such as throwing a football or trauma from man to man contact during a tackle. This type of injury can be particularly difficult for the Quarterback, but it can be treated with physiotherapy and with the help of a physiotherapist, you can work to prevent this overuse injury. 75% of patients can recover from a rotator cuff strain. Once you have been assessed by a physiotherapist you could be prescribed a number of different treatments including stretching and strengthening exercises, manual therapy, or deep tissue massage.
If you are an athlete who aspires to be in the NFL or maybe you already play professional sports, we encourage you to seek both preventive and restorative treatments from a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists can help you stay in the game longer and help you recover quickly should you experience any sports-related injuries. To book an appointment at one of our clinics simply follow this link and search for a clinic near you.