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Football Injury Facts

  • Did you know that young athletes are more likely to suffer a fracture than strain or sprain? The sites where ligaments and tendons attach are growth plate. Until these sites mature to bone they are weaker than ligaments or tendons. Therefore stress applied to these sites will fracture the growth plate
  • Did you know that the most common muscles that are strained are the hamstring and quadriceps muscles of the thigh and the gastrocnemius (calf muscle)? Injuries will generally occur at the start of exercise or at high intensity interval during the exercise session.
  • Did you know the most common joints to be sprained in football are the ankle, knee, and shoulder?
  • Did you know that the common ACL injury is a sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament? Knee sprains are among the most common football injuries.