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Football Woes: Why Playing Football Can Be A Dangerous Activity

Written by Nancy

Ever wondered what makes football such a dangerous sport, despite its growing popularity in Canada? It’s the high risk of injury associated with it! In fact, research has shown that hockey and soccer are the two biggest contributors to sports injuries that manifest in various forms.

Football injuries particularly include:

Head and Brain Injuries

Football is notorious for giving athletes concussions. This form of brain injury is often tricky to diagnose right away, which can then lead to a number of complications later on. In fact, if not treated promptly, concussions can have long-term effects and may even be fatal.

Football players are especially likely to sustain head and brain injuries, particularly concussions, because of the nature of the contact sport. Athletes who do sustain brain or head injuries tend to experience:

  • Dizziness & drowsiness
  • Vision loss or blurriness
  • Nausea
  • Numbness in the body
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Loss of balance

Traumatic Injuries

Contact sport also results in a number of traumatic injuries. Torn ACL and PCL, as well as damaged cartilage, are common among athletes who participate in this form of sports. Most prominently, traumatic injuries sustained in football pertain to the knees or calves, and are quite painful. Apart from knee injuries, playing football also increases the risk of ankle, hip, shoulder, and elbow injuries. Bone bruising, fractures, and muscle degeneration may also occur.

Traumatic injuries don’t just cause extreme pain and significant discomfort, but also require a long recovery process. In more severe cases, surgery may even be needed, which entails its own list of complications. Not to mention the extended absence from the sport these injuries bring with them. Severe traumatic injuries can also have long-term effects and may lead to permanent loss of function.


Overuse Injuries

Another common type of injury sustained while playing football is an overuse injury. As the name suggests, this occurs when a certain set of muscles, tendons, or tissues are pushed beyond the optimal limit, causing them to stretch unusually. It’s especially likely to occur among football players because certain muscle groups are overworked when playing the sport. As a result, they wear out, causing them to be injured in the process.

Strains and sprains are categorized under overuse and repetitive stress injuries. They can become a cause of permanent disability if they recur too often.

So, what can be done to make football a less dangerous sport? Proper preventative care and treatment options! Make sure you’re adhering to the precautionary guidelines before you dive into the game, be it in terms of your playing technique or safety equipment.

RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy in greater Toronto offers PRP therapy for treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. These include sports injuries pertaining to the feet, knees, hands, shoulders, hips, and elbows.

Make an appointment at their clinic today for regenerative therapy!

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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