Like most sports, Football is physically challenging and this in turn brings the risk of football injury. Whether you are a weekend warrior playing socially or a professional athlete, the risk of injury is inherent in the sport. Our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy team boasts a range of experience in football injury physiotherapy. At the highest level, we are the team Physiotherapists for the Brisbane Roar A-League Women’s team as well as and the Young Matildas. We are also the club physiotherapists for UQFC, West End FC and Lions FC in the NPL. With this experience, our Sports Physiotherapy team are Brisbane’s football injury experts. In this blog, we will explore common football injuries and how a sports physiotherapist can play a crucial role in prevention and rehabilitation.
Common Football Injuries
Sprains and Strains: The dynamic nature of football often leads to joint sprains and muscle strains. We commonly see sprains in the ankle and knee, and the upper body for goalkeepers. The muscle strains we commonly treat are in the quadriceps, hamstring, adductor, or calf muscles. These injuries can result from sudden changes in direction, overextension, or collisions with other players.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears: The ACL, a crucial ligament in the knee, is susceptible to injury in Football due to the pivoting and cutting movements involved. Women have a higher risk of ACL injuries compared to men.
Concussions: Head injuries, including concussions, can occur due to collisions with other players or aerial challenges. Recognising the signs and seeking prompt medical attention is crucial for player safety, and a graduated return to sport plan is essential for recovery.
Groin Injuries: Groin injuries are common in football, due to both the sprinting and change of direction elements of football as well as the repetitive kicking load.
Overuse injuries: Overuse and repetitive loading from training and games without adequate rest can lead to overuse injuries such as tendinopathies and bone stress injuries. These overuse injuries will present differently across age groups. For example, bone stress injuries and growing related injuries such as Osgood Schlatters and Severs Disease are common in our young and adolescent age groups. In our older age groups, we commonly see Patellar Tendinopathy or Achilles Tendinopathy or even tendon tears.
Physiotherapy for Football Injury
Preventive Strategies: A football physiotherapist can design customised warm-up routines and injury prevention programs tailored to the specific demands of the sport. This includes exercises to enhance flexibility, strength, and stability.
Biomechanical Analysis: Conducting a thorough biomechanical assessment can help identify any imbalances or weaknesses that may contribute to injury. Addressing these issues through targeted exercises can reduce the risk of injuries.
Rehabilitation Programs: In the unfortunate event of an injury, a physiotherapist can create a personalised rehabilitation plan. This includes a gradual return-to-play strategy, ensuring the athlete is fully recovered and ready to get back on the field.
Manual Therapy: Techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, and myofascial release can aid in relieving pain, improving range of motion, and expediting the healing process.
Education and Conditioning: A football physiotherapist can educate players on injury prevention strategies, proper body mechanics, and conditioning exercises to minimise the risk of injuries during training and matches.
Football injuries are part and parcel of the game, but with the right approach players can minimise their risk and recover swiftly when injuries occur. A skilled football physiotherapist is an invaluable asset in this journey, providing preventive strategies, personalised rehabilitation plans, and ongoing support. If you’re passionate about the game, prioritise your physical well-being with the expertise of a football-focused physiotherapist. As Brisbane’s most experienced football physiotherapists you can trust our team to help you stay in the game, stay injury-free, and keep scoring those goals! For personalised care and expert advice, consult with our football injury physiotherapy specialists today.