Football Injury Prevention for High School and College Athletes

No matter how good an athlete you are, accidents are always possible. Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes at the high school and college level are treated for injuries they sustained while playing football. If you play football, here are three basic tips every player should follow:

Don’t forget to warm up. Even if you’re in a hurry, you should never neglect your pre-practice warmup. To warm up your muscles and get them feeling limber, you might do a quick run around the field or do a simple exercise such as jumping jacks. Then, carefully stretch your muscles, making sure to include your knees, hips, calves, and thighs. You should also never forget to cool down and stretch after practice as well as after games.

Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids before and after any strenuous physical activity will help you improve your performance along with lowering your risk of injury. Staying hydrated also enables your body to sweat, which allows you to keep yourself from overheating. Ideally, you should drink at least 24 ounces of water 2 hours before practice and games, and then another 8 ounces before you begin activity.

Wear the right equipment. Having the right protective gear is key to keeping yourself safe from common football injuries. You should never play or practice without having a helmet and pads for your shoulders, hips, knees, and tailbone, along with thigh guards. A mouth guard is also a must to protect yourself from oral injuries.

At MK Orthopaedics, we are committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care for their orthopaedic issues. Our physicians’ specialties include sports medicine and trauma, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, and cartilage transplantation. If you have been injured, call our orthopaedic team today at (815) 207-8280.

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