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4 Common Football-Related Injuries A Sports Injury Specialist Treats

4 Common Football-Related Injuries A Sports Injury Specialist Treats

 

Football is one of the world’s most popular sports. This sport has crossed oceans and reached millions of fans, including in Singapore. No wonder it is also the country’s crowd favourite. The popularity has become a leeway for kids and adults to play this sport. And football, being a contact sport, has injured tons of athletes a sports injury specialist needs to treat.

Football involves high-impact movements, including running, sliding, kicking, headbutting, and jumping. It is also inevitable for athletes to collide with each other.

Many athletes obtain tons of injuries, from ankle sprains to concussions. Some even get constant knee pain treatment in Singapore due to the sport.

This article will discuss all football-related injuries and how to treat them.

4 Most Common Football-Related Injuries

If you are an aspiring football athlete or a parent of an aspiring football athlete, you should prepare yourself for the injuries football might induce. Besides ensuring you are in the optimum condition to play the sport by undergoing a full health screening in Singapore, make sure you also practise injury prevention tips religiously.

Here are the common football-related injuries:

LOWER EXTREMITIES

1. Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments that connect the ankle bones tear or stretch due to an awkward twist, roll, and turn of the ankles. A sports injury specialist can treat an ankle sprain.

●     SYMPTOMS

A person who sprained their ankle may feel excruciating pain in the area. There is also tenderness, swelling and bruising in the ankle. It is difficult and painful to move and put weight on the ankles.

●     TREATMENT

The primary treatment for an ankle sprain is RICE. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

 It is advisable to rest the injured ankle and avoid activities. Ice bath for 15 minutes every three hours may help reduce swelling and tenderness. Wrapping the ankle with an elastic bandage decreases the swelling as well. Elevating your ankle at the heart’s level drains fluid.

Your sports injury specialist may prescribe pain medication and devices, such as crutches and recommend physical therapy to regain ankle strength and mobility.

Minor ankle sprains last up to two weeks, while severe ones may take twelve weeks to heal.

2. Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury

MCL injury is the partial or complete tear of the medial collateral ligament inside the knees. This ligament is responsible for the knee’s stability, limiting excessive joint mobility and resisting force applied from the outside of the knee.

MCL occurs when the knee receives a blunt force and sudden forceful turn and twist of the knees. Sports injury clinics provide knee pain treatment for MCL in Singapore.

●     SYMPTOMS

A person with an MCL injury may feel knee pain and instability. Tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and limping are also present. The person may also feel their joints lock.

●     TREATMENT

Similar to an ankle sprain, the RICE method is the primary knee pain treatment in Singapore. It is advisable to give the injured knee rest and avoid activities. Give it an ice bath or apply an ice pack to reduce pain. Wrap it with an elastic bandage to decrease swelling and elevate it to drain excess fluid.

Your sports injury specialist may prescribe pain medication and devices, such as crutches and recommend physical therapy to regain mobility.

UPPER EXTREMITIES

UPPER-EXTREMITIES

3. Wrist Sprain

Similar to the first two injuries, a wrist sprain happens when the ligament that holds and supports wrist bones tears or stretches due to a sudden forceful twist and bend of the wrist.

It is a common injury for goalkeepers in football who are required to outstretch their arms and hands to catch the ball. A sports injury specialist in Singapore can treat wrist sprain.

●     SYMPTOMS

A person with a sprained wrist may have painful, swollen, inflamed, and bruised wrists. They may also feel popping of the wrists, weakness, stiffness, tenderness, warmth and immobility.

●      TREATMENT

The RICE method is the primary treatment for sprained wrists. The injured wrists need to rest for two days and avoid using it excessively. Giving an ice bath or applying an ice pack to the affected area can reduce the pain and swelling.

It should also be wrapped in an elastic bandage and be elevated at the heart’s level.

Your sports injury specialist in Singapore may prescribe pain medication and recommend using a cast or splint to avoid bending the wrists while resting.

Physical therapy helps regain strength and mobility of the wrists.

4. Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocation happens when the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the socket forward or backwards. The joints and tissues in the shoulder tear and stretch as well, causing a sprain.

Goalkeepers typically obtain this injury when they forcefully rotate their shoulders. Other football athletes receive this injury after a terrible collision with other players.

A sports injury specialist can treat shoulder dislocation.

●     SYMPTOMS

One of the apparent symptoms of shoulder dislocation is a deformity. As mentioned, the head of the upper arm bone can pop out forwards or at the front of the body and backwards or at the back.

There is also excruciating pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, and weakness of the shoulder. Limited shoulder mobility is also present.

Numbness, tingling, and spasm may also travel up the neck and down the arms.

●     TREATMENT

Your sports injury specialist in Singapore may immediately perform a closed reduction method in which the doctor puts the upper arm bone head into the socket.

After the closed reduction, ice treatment can help reduce the pain and swelling.

Your doctor may use a sling or splint to prevent you from moving your shoulders and keeping the joints in place.

Physical therapy helps with rehabilitation and regaining strength and mobility of the shoulders.

Takeaway

Injuries are inevitable in any sport. Several prevention tips reduce the risks of these injuries, including proper stretching and warm-up before playing the sports, wearing appropriate sports protective gear, exercising regularly, and performing the techniques of the sport correctly.

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