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Football League Injuries Update

The Premier League has already had an exciting start. We have only experienced week 9, already opportunities are still open and there are a few surprises to come. Including, Liverpool sitting third and Manchester United residing in 8th place after what seems their worst league for years. 

The Premier League has already had an exciting start. We have only experienced week 9, already opportunities are still open and there are a few surprises to come. Including, Liverpool sitting third and Manchester United residing in 8th place after what seems their worst league for years.

We are also eleven matches into the new season of the Championship.  It has begun to take shape at both ends of the table, with a few surprises along the way. At the top Burnley are leading the pack on goal difference to QPR, an early favourite to bounce back. Relegated last season, Reading are also pushing for promotion, sitting just one spot below the play-offs.

Even though some interesting football has been played out unfortunately some football injuries have taken place. This year include Fernando Torres who required a scan on his knee following the win in at Steaua Bucharest and James Collins from West Ham suffering a hamstring injury. Both football injuries are fairly common amongst players and the two main types include muscle injuries and joint injuries.

Joint Injuries

Joint football injuries occur as a result of damaged ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue connecting the bones. The severity of the damaged ligament determines the period of time a player could be out of action and therefore seek necessary rehabilitation.  

The most common form of joint injury in footballers is a sprained ankle, even though the injury may be painful in the moment and uncomfortable to put weight on. It does not affect the players ability after a few days, therefore has a fairly quick recovery. Taping and bracing the ankle can help to reduce the risk of ankle sprains.

One of the most serious joints to injure for football players is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL is responsible for stabilisation of the knee joint, if this ligament is sprained the player could require surgery followed by intense physiotherapy. This occurred recently to Chelsea’s Van Ginkel who is due to be out until next spring as a result of tearing the ACL.

Muscle Injuries

Muscle based football injuries are typically a result of overuse, where the muscle is either stretched or torn. Football injuries can vary from how severe it may be. Due to football players having alternating running speeds throughout the game there is a higher chance for muscle strain. 

The most common muscles to be strained are the calf and hamstring. During sprinting activities in football the hamstring and calf muscles can be forcibly stretched beyond their limits and the muscle tissue can be torn. A tear in a muscle is referred to as a strain and, depending on its severity, it is classified as a first, second or a third degree strain. Most strains in these muscles will require a few days rest in order to heal. The players may also experience some pain and inflammationFree Articles, something which can be managed with pain killers and ice. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dave Regis discusses the use of orthotics for the management of sports injuries, reviewing injury rehabilitation through exercise and the use of bracing and supports. He frequently blogs and writes articles focussing on football injuries and methods of rehabilitation.



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