Top 3 Injuries in Football
With football season approaching, Americans across the country are rallying behind their favorite teams, both those at a college level and a professional level. Even Texans are preparing for a season of trembling excitement, triumphant victories, and staggering losses. Football truly is one of America’s most celebrated sports. In Texas, teams like the UT Longhorns, A&M Aggies, and the Dallas Cowboys will dominate media focus and discussion for the latter part of 2015 and early 2016.
Playing the nation’s most popular sport (and also one of the most dangerous) does not protect you from injury.. Many players believe that if they strap on some safety gear, they can rush out onto the field and avoid injury all together. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Football is a high speed, high impact sport with a heavy focus on intentionally ramming into other players. Personal injury in football can be something as minor as a scraped knee to something as serious as a head injury. Here are the top 3 most common injuries seen in football:
#1: Lower Limb - 50.4%
According to a report published by the NCAA, over 50.4% of all football injuries are inflicted in the lower limb section of the athlete’s body. This can include small injuries, such as scraped knees and bruises. Torn or pulled muscles in the thighs, calves, and ankles are examples of moderate injuries, while broken legs and fractured feet comprise serious lower limb injuries.
#2 - Upper Limb - 16.9%
The upper limbs can also be injured during falls, tackles, and even catches during the football game. Similar to the lower limbs, upper limb injuries can range in severity. Athletes may suffer minor injuries such as bruises and small cuts or moderate injuries like twisted or wrists or pulled arm muscles. Extreme injuries, such as broken arms, hands, or dislocated shoulders, are often immensely painful to the athlete.
#3 - Torso and Pelvis - 11.9%
When athletes receive an injury in this area of the body, it is often more serious than some of the types of injuries seen on the upper and lower limbs. Torso and pelvis injuries largely include damage to the hips, pelvis, and ribcage. These bones are prone to breakage in football, especially when subject to the high-impact force of a player tackling another to the ground.
These are only a few of the many injuries football players face every season. Other less-frequent examples include neck injuries, mouth injuries, and concussions. If you play football, it is your responsibility to ensure your safety equipment is properly and safely installed before starting a game. More importantly, if you suffer a football injury, the first thing you should do is contact Colley & Colley. Receiving compensation for your injury from insurance companies, especially those that are reluctant or unwilling, is a trick process best left to experienced, knowledgeable lawyers. To learn more, contact an attorney in East Texas today.