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Keep Football Fit - Avoid injury

The start of the football season is exciting. You can't wait to watch your team play and get on your football boots yourself. But injury can ruin a great season ahead. See how we can help you fix those little niggles and even prevent injury!

Even if you’re not normally a football fan, you’ll likely find yourself drawn to the excitement. After all, this is a game that has the power to bring together people from all walks of life.

Unfortunately, football injuries are all too common and we see them on a daily basis at The Performance Lab.

Fortunately for you we have real experts who specialise on football injuries at all of our clinics. Not only do they play but they work for Premiership clubs like Manchester United and Burnely football clubs.

Common football injuries include:

Muscle strains

Ankle and knee ligaments and cartilage injury

Groin pain - 1 in 5 players will get this

But this doesn't have to be the case! It’s true, preventing injury is possible. In most cases, injuries are caused by an underlying weakness or imbalance in the muscles of the leg, core, and pelvis. All you have to do is identify the weak link and then fix it.

Specialized exercises and training programmes designed to address the areas that are most vulnerable to injury during a game can dramatically reduce your risk of getting injured.

Your physical fitness is the single most important factor in preventing football injuries.

For instance, studies have found that --

  • Strength training can reduce the incidence of injury by nearly half (47%) compared to players who did no specific strength training.

  • 51% of hamstring injuries can be avoided with good proprioceptive programmes.

  • Among players who participated in pre-season proprioceptive training 3x a week, there were 7x fewer ACL injuries and an 87% decrease in the risk of ankle sprain.

  • Neuromuscular training for the knee can reduce the incidents of serious knee injury by 3.5x.

Whether you are an avid player or prefer to play part-time as a pastime, injuries can be bad news. But a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way.

That’s why we’ve put together printable/downloadable fact sheets on the 6 most common football injuries, and how to both prevent and treat them.

Our free fact sheets include prevention and treatment techniques for:

  • ACL Injury

  • Hamstring Strains

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Meniscus Injury

  • Groin Strains

  • Contusion Injury

Our informative fact sheets are perfect for anyone who is interested in preventing injuries, treating injuries, and minimizing the risk of reinjury.

You can download them here

If you want to understand more about any of these aspects, get in touch with us. A good preventative programme incorporating both strength and neuromuscular/proprioceptive training can help keep you in the game.

If you’ve already suffered from a football injury or your kids, family or friends have suffered from one, download our informative fact sheets for treatment techniques here

And be sure to check out our Facebook page where we’re posting a whole range of fascinating football facts packed with fun and informative tips and tricks to help you stay safe on the football pitch.

Keep football it and avoid injury!!

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