Down. Set. Hut: The Most Common Football Related Injuries


Football season is in full swing. Like most people in southern Louisiana, it is our favorite time of the year. However, as orthopaedic specialists, it is also our least favorite time of the year. With a high-contact sport such as football, injuries are frequent occurrences.

Here are the most common injuries sustained while playing football:

Head, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries

  • Concussion
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Torn Rotator Cuff
  • Fractured Clavicle

Knee Injuries

  • ACL Tear
  • PCL Tear
  • Meniscus Tear

Leg Injuries

  • Shin Splints
  • Strained Calf Muscle
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Ankle Sprain

While many injuries can be minor and heal with proper medical attention and rest, some injuries can end a player’s sports career.

There are precautions players of any level can take to lessen the chances of sustaining an injury including:

  • Getting a physical exam before the season starts
  • Warming up
  • Cooling down
  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing appropriate safety gear
  • Knowing the appropriate and safe way to execute moves such as tackling

If you have sustained an injury while playing football, consult an orthopaedic specialist immediately. For compassionate healthcare, at a state of the art facility, visit Collins Orthopaedics. Dr. Collins specializes in a variety of orthopaedic and sports medicine treatments, including meniscus and cartilage repair, total shoulder replacement, and fracture care. For more information, contact us today.


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