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Football injuries

General Advice

Football injuries occur either due to the direct trauma from a tackle or repetitive overuse. Common football injuries usually involve sprains and strains of the lower limb and include:

  • ankle sprain
  • groin strain
  • knee sprain - involving the anterior cruciate ligament (Michael Owens injury v Sweden 2006), the medial collateral ligament, the meniscus (cartilage) or a combination of the three

We have a number of articles and injury advice which may help you to understand and self manage your injury, though it may not specifically tell you what to do as every injury is unique.

You can choose a physio, our recommendation being Dave Scrivener, who is physio for Leeds United FC, and a Chartered Physiotherapist with the specialist skills to help you treat your injury with a personalised programme.


Articles

  • Big Toe Joint Pain

    by Jane Hodgson 18 January 2013

    Hallux Rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe joint is one of the commonest causes of big toe joint pain. Symptoms include pain and stiffness over the big toe. Treatments vary from choosing suitable footwear, using pain relief to having surgery.

  • Ankle Exercises for Weak or Unstable Ankles

    by Jane Hodgson 29 September 2010

    Ankle exercises  increase strength, stability and reduce pain. Up to 30% of ankles which have been sprained will go on have long term problems, ankle exercises can reduce these problems.

  • Achilles Tendon Exercises

    by Jane Hodgson 15 September 2010

    Eccentric Achilles tendon exercises have been constistantly shown by many research studies to provide the most effective treatment for Achilles tendonopathy.

  • Knee Pain Info. Pes Anserinus Bursitis a Common Cause of Medial Knee Pain

    by Jane Hodgson 19 May 2010

    Pes anserine bursitis is a common, but frequently under diagnosed, cause of medial knee pain. Causing pain, and sometimes swelling on the area at the top of the shin bone on the inside of the knee, frequent cutting and pivoting movements such as those used when playing basketball, football and rugby can make an individual more likely to develop pes anserine bursitis.

  • Uses and Benefits of an Exercise Disc Balance Cushion

    by Jane Hodgson 5 May 2010

    An exercise disc balance cushion, which is also sometimes known as a stability disc or wobble cushion, is used to improve balance, strengthen core stability and help children who have special educational needs.

  • Sprained Ankle Treatment

    by Jane Hodgson 5 March 2010

    A sprained ankle is one of the most common leg injuries. Getting the correct sprained ankle treatment will help the injury to heal quicker and prevent reoccurrence.

  • Wobble Board Benefits - Ankle Sprain Rehab

    by Jane Hodgson 9 January 2010

    Wobble board benefits include increasing ankle proprioception and ankle strength. Such post ankle sprain rehab decreases the likleyhood of repeated sprain.

  • Runners knee: The Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, a cause of outside knee pain

    by Jane Hodgson 28 September 2009

    Iliotibial band friction syndrome is commonly termed runners knee because its occurrence in endurance runners is common. Causing outside knee pain, it has been estimated to account for 7% of all running injuries in middle aged men. The term runners knee is however misleading as a broad range of sports people can be affected by iliotibial band syndrome including bowlers, cyclists and racquet sports.

  • Meniscal Injuries

    by Jane Hodgson 8 September 2009

    At 6 injuries per 100,000 of the population meniscal injuries are one of the most common knee injuries, even more so in skiing and sports involving cutting, pivoting and twisting.

  • Achilles Tendon Pain Syndrome

    by Jane Hodgson 3 July 2009

    Achilles tendon pain is a common overuse injury, precipitated by a number of factors including change in training, inappropriate footwear, and altered foot pain it can be treated effectively with ice, stretches, and eccentric strengthening exercises.

  • The Anterior Cruciate Ligament

    by Jane Hodgson 12 January 2009

    It is one of the main stabilising ligaments of the knee and injury to the anterior cruciate ligament will lead to feelings of instability in the knee. Symptoms can be helped with strengthening and exercises

  • Sprained, swollen and turned ankle

    by Jane Hodgson 2 May 2008

    A sprained, swollen or turned ankle is one of the most commonly occurring injuries to the leg. Determining the severity of the sprain is the key to assessing the correct course of treatment.

  • Helping to heal an injury with ice

    by Jane Hodgson 20 April 2008

    It is common to help heal an injury with ice. Deciding whether you should apply ice rather than heat, and for how long can make the difference between helping to heal your injury and making it worse.


Useful links

Information Sources 

Football Clubs: Wales  view all (99) »

Ski Clubs Canada 

Football clubs: Scotland  view all (34) »

Football Clubs: Ireland  view all (22) »

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Specialist physios

Karen Hellawell - Chartered Physiotherapist Karen Hellawell Karen has 11 years experience working in professional rugby league and currently provides physiotherapy services at a national level to elite juniors.

David Scrivener - Chartered Physiotherapist David Scrivener Working for Leeds United FC, Dave specialises in treating football and leg injuries


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