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Top 10 Football Injury Causes

  1. 1.Concussion Not Needing Imaging

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI), or concussion, happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital, and the worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

    You do not need to seek immediate medical care. Make sure your symptoms do not change. If they do, go immediately to the ER. If not, follow-up with the doctor in the coming days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with concussion not needing imaging:
    head or face injury
    Symptoms that never occur with concussion not needing imaging:
    recent fall from 6 feet or higher, severe vomiting, posttraumatic amnesia over 30 minutes, slurred speech, fainting, moderate vomiting
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Burner or Stinger Injury

    Burners and stingers are a common type of injury in contact or collision sports. This condition happens when the nerve supply of the upper arm is injured either at the shoulder or neck. The name comes from the stinging or burning pain that is felt spreading from the shoulder to the hand along the course of the affected nerve.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment involves first stopping all contact activities where further injury is possible. Then, your doctor may recommend a special neck roll or elevated shoulder pads.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one shoulder, neck pain on one side, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with burner or stinger injury:
    sports injury, constant neck pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Meniscal Injury

    A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes forceful twisting of the knee, especially when putting the pressure of one's full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus.

    Conservative treatment such as rest, ice and medication is sometimes enough to relieve the pain of a torn meniscus and give the injury time to heal on its own. In other cases, however, a torn meniscus requires surgical repair, which can be best determined by your doctor or physiotherapist.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee stiffness, pain in the inside of the knee, knee instability, knee pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Hamstring Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A hamstring strain happens when one of the muscles on the back of the upper leg (thigh) is pulled.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. A muscle strain can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and pain killers.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous back pain, hamstring tightness, sports injury, pain in the back of the knee, hamstring pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hamstring strain:
    hamstring pain
    Symptoms that never occur with hamstring strain:
    groin pain, hip pain, pain in the outside of the hip, difficulty moving the hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Knee (Mcl) Sprain

    The medical collateral ligament (MCL) links the thigh bone and the shin bone on the inner side of the knee joint. An MCL sprain is any damage done to this ligament (usually through twisting/force during sports).

    Depending on the severity of your knee pain, you should go see your doctor at your earliest convenience or go to an urgent care clinic if needed. Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication, and will ask you to refrain from physical activity and possibly partake in rehabilitation/ physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee injury, knee pain from an injury, pain in the inside of the knee, sports injury
    Symptoms that always occur with knee (mcl) sprain:
    pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury
    Symptoms that never occur with knee (mcl) sprain:
    mild knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Severe Kneecap Dislocation

    The kneecap connects the muscles in the front of the thigh to the shinbone (tibia). When the kneecap slips out of the groove, problems and pain often result.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER, because this is a concerning type of knee dislocation that cannot be easily pushed back in place (reduced). A consult from an orthopedic surgeon may be needed to evaluate possible damage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant knee pain, pain in one knee, knee injury, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with severe kneecap dislocation:
    knee pain from an injury, kneecap dislocation, constant knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    You should go to a retail clinic to have the foot sprain evaluated. Most often, minor sprains can be treated by resting the foot, elevating it while sitting or laying down, and applying an ice pack or heat. Over-the-counter pain medication can help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, limping, foot injury, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Dislocated Shoulder With Nerve or Artery Damage

    The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. This means the round top of the arm bone fits into the groove in the shoulder blade. A dislocated shoulder is when the entire ball is out of the socket. If the dislocation affects blood supply or a nerve, medical attention is extremely important.

    You should go to the ER immediately for treatment. A dislocated shoulder that affects blood supply or damages a nerve may require immediate surgery to keep the whole arm healthy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, shoulder pain from an injury, arm weakness, severe shoulder pain, arm numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with dislocated shoulder with nerve or artery damage:
    pain in one shoulder, shoulder dislocation
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Knee Sprain (Lcl)

    The LCL is the ligament on the outside of the knee, keeping it from bending away from the body. It is most commonly injured while playing sports (ouch!) when a force is placed on the knee from the inner half of the knee.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where a physical exam and imaging can determine the extent of the injury. Treatment would, of course, depend on the severity of the injury, ranging from just immobilization to full surgery if the knee is totally damaged.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    knee injury, knee pain from an injury, pain in one knee, pain in the outside of the knee, sports injury
    Symptoms that always occur with knee sprain (lcl):
    pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury
    Symptoms that never occur with knee sprain (lcl):
    mild knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Achilles Tendon Rupture

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Together, they help push the heel off the ground and let a person go up on their toes. If the Achilles tendon stretches too far, it can tear or rupture.

    You should seek immediate care at an urgent care clinic or ER. An Achilles tendon rupture requires a physical exam to see the physical effects of a rupture. Depending on your age, the orthopedist will give you the option of repairing the tendon surgically versus immobilizing the foot and allowing it to heal (typically for less active people).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, recent ankle injury, sports injury, achilles tendon pain, bruised ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendon rupture:
    achilles tendon pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Football Injury

  • Q.Is your ankle pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your ankle?
  • Q.Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Q.Did you roll your ankle?

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Football Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced football injury have also experienced:

    • 50% Pain in One Ankle
    • 50% Sports Injury

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