My Husband has been a Football player since the age of 12. That’s a total of 25 yrs to date. He loves his game, but along with age and vigorous joint movement he managed to damage at least 8 joints in his body. Some injuries were due to lack of warm up and other collision related. All the achy joints he has is all related to Football injuries.
Common football injuries players have are – Knee injuries in football are the most common, especially those to the anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) and to the menisci (cartilage of the knee). These knee injuries can adversely affect a player’s long term involvement in the sport.
The 20 most Football injuries – Premier League players since 2010
Wayne Rooney – 34 different injuries
With a high of 34 separate knocks, Rooney has been injured more times than any other Premier League player over the past five seasons. His groin, knee and ankle , but tellingly the longest he has spent absent with a single injury is 32 days with a knee laceration.
Gabriel Agbonlahor – 32 injuries
Another player who has suffered from lots of little injuries but rarely spends long stints out, Agbonlahor has been sidelined with 32 separate knocks over the past five years, including a 45-day absence with a groin strain.
Danny Welbeck – 26 injuries
Injury-prone Welbeck almost fits in too well at Arsenal, with his current knee injury keeping him out for an indeterminable amount of time. It is concerning that the big question is already whether he will play a part in England’s Euro 2016 campaign next summer.
Luke Shaw – 26 injuries
Shaw, still only 20 years of age, appears in this list with 26 different injuries despite breaking onto the scene just three years ago. Knee, ankle and hamstring injuries, as well as illness, concussion and finally a double leg fracture are amongst his afflictions.
Theo Walcott – 26 injuries
The England forward was swiftly withdrawn with a calf knock and Arsene Wenger will now just be hoping for a quick return, glad that it isn’t Walcott’s troublesome ankle keeping him out.
Phil Jones – 26 injuries
Jones is often injured, and has barely played this season as a result. His injuries range from shin splints to thrombosis,a meniscus tear in his knee to countless ankle sprains.
James Collins – 27 injuries
Calf and hamstring problems have befallen Collins with worrying regularity over the last five years and he has spent 27 different periods out as a result.
Tomas Rosicky – 27 injuries
The player on this list for whom injuries might truly have stopped a rise to the very top of the game, Rosicky has had terrible luck throughout his career. A sum of 27 injuries in the last five years include separate absences of 204 and 169 days with knee and Achilles injuries, respectively, and yet he remains brilliant whenever he returns.
Robin van Persie – 25 injuries
Now departed from the Premier League, Van Persie suffered 25 knocks in his final years in England, still managing to win the golden boot on two occasions.
Career threatening Football injuries
- Pavel Nedved – Knee
- Ronaldo (Brazil) – Multiple knee surgeries
- Eduardo da Silva – Tibia and Fibia broke
- Tom Cleverly – Broken Leg
- Djibril Cissé – Broke his leg Multiple times (Shin Bone)
- Alan Smith – Broken leg Multiple Times.
Post Injury Care
- Have a pre-season health and wellness evaluation
- Perform proper warm-up and cool-down routines
- Consistently incorporate strength training and stretching
- Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize cramps
- Stay active during summer break to prepare for return to sports in the fall
- Wear properly fitted protective equipment, such Shin guards, proper footwear
- Speak with a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about football injuries or football injury prevention strategies.
- Regular Physio / Massage / Remedial work. This helps to relax muscles and prevent damage.