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Football injuries in kids

Playing football has many benefits, however, as with all sports there is some risk of injury. According to research (Faude et al, 2013) this risk tends to increase with age throughout the age groups.

Research suggests Between 60 and 90 % of all football injuries were traumatic and about 10-40 % were overuse injuries. Most injuries (60-90 %) were located in the lower extremities with the ankle, knee and thigh being most affected.

The most common injury types were strains, sprains, and contusions (bruises).

The injuries we see the most in clinic among young footballers include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Hamstring strains
  • Groin strains
  • Knee injuries (from bruises to cartilage and ligament injuries)
  • Quadricep (thigh) bruises and strains
  • ‘Growing pains’

Research suggests about half of all football incurred injuries led to an absence from sport of less than 1 week, one third resulted in an absence between 1 and 4 weeks, and 10 to 15 % of all injuries were severe (including, at the extreme, an anterior cruciate ligament tear which can lead to over 9 months out of football).

football-injuriesIt is important to see an experienced and Chartered Sports Physio as soon as possible after an injury to ensure:

  1. Correct diagnosis, treatment and management
  2. That the injury correctly repairs and does not return when the child resumes playing football and/ or give long term issues

 

Treatment for most acute injuries sustained during playing football includes:

  • PRICE – protect, rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Rehabilitation – range of movement exercises and strengthening
  • Advice on gradual return to play
  • Analysis of training amount and type, addition of regular strength training if needed, modifying training amount to ensure full recovery and limit risk of future issues.

The timing and exact nature of these interventions depends on the injury sustained and the individual player and, as such, we would recommend you always consult a Sports Physio.

Treatment of overuse injuries (often referred to as ‘growing pains’) is similar but may also include more analysis of the child’s biomechanics, strength and training routine to try to identify why the issue has occurred and what can be done to resolve things and get the child back to playing football.

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A look at sports injuries – Football – Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

The ACL is one of four main ligaments in the knee and the most common to be injured of the four. The ACL gives stability during motion preventing the Tibia (shin bone) moving too far forward on the Femur (thigh bone). Most ACL tears occur during athletic activity. Activities which make fast cut movements such as planting the foot and twisting the body above, changing direction, or straight knee landing such as in football, gymnastics or basketball are common.

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Symptoms following an injury can include pain along the joint line, swelling, loss of movement and pain on weight bearing. A tear to the ACL primarily results in an unstable knee, and a common complaint is of the knee giving way. Damage can also occur to the two menisci cartilages which act as shock absorbers between the Femur and Tibia, or on the smooth articular cartilage lining the bones in the joint. Luckily an ACL injury is not necessarily career threatening. Rehabilitation is dependent on the extent of the injury, whether there is a partial or complete tear and does not require always require surgery.

 

Five top ways to promote quicker healing (including services at Champneys)

By creating an optimal psychological, nutritional and physiological environment, the body is able to focus purely on the job in hand – healing the particular injury/ailment.

The services provided through the Regenerate programme at Champneys Tring in Hertfordshire can help to create this ideal environment in the following ways:

 

  • nutritionDecrease emotional stress and distractions and ensure you are having the correct amount of rest and sleep
  • Decrease environmental stress
  • Ensure best and optimal circulation (acupuncture, kriotherapy)
  • Optimal and appropriate nutrition (nutritionist)
  • Exercising within the pain-free range and at an appropriate level for maximising healing potential (hydrotherapy, physiotherapy)

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Regenerate is the UK’s leading residential medical centre based within the world class Champneys Tring Health Resort in Hertfordshire. Offering a bespoke professional service for injury rehabilitation, Regenerate provides the ultimate medical expertise and treatments required to recover physically, mentally and emotionally from all aspects of injury. Clients also benefit from using Champneys many services, as well as their luxury spa facilities and treatments.

Regenerate provides the highest standards and employs leading professionals in the medical fields under the Directorate of Champneys Medical Director, Dr Michael Curtin MB ChB Dip Med Ac. MF HOM. Regenerates multidisciplinary team includes: Doctor, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Movement Therapists, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, and Motivational and Mental Skills Coaches. They will conduct comprehensive examinations and diagnostic testing, and provide appropriate treatment which may include physiotherapy, acupuncture, clinical pilates, kriotherapy, nutritional therapy, exercise and rehabilitation programmes, sports massage, vibrogym therapy and altitude training, amongst others.

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Blog Post by Emma James Feb 2016

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