How to Avoid Injury While Playing Sports

It is natural to assume that footballers are pain free. However, constant twists, turns and sudden changes of direction involved in football can put the legs and feet of a footballer under tremendous strain. While most injuries involve little more than some mild pain and discomfort, some can be really serious. One of the most common injuries footballers experience on a regular basis is a sprained ankle, which occurs when ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn.

To reduce the rate of injuries related to football, practice the following measures:

Warm up: When your muscles are ‘cold,’ they are more prone to injury. This can lead to torn ligaments and sprains. It is important to indulge in proper warm up and some light, active stretching to keep the joints and muscles in good condition.

Recognize Injury: Footballers are prone to injuries; which can result in sprains, strains and

swelling among many others. It is important that players recognize and seek treatment from specialists for small injuries to avoid more serious damage. Eat Well: Nutrition can help lower injuries.

Eating well before and after a game can provide enough energy to get through the entire match and fasten the recovery process. As such, it is recommended to have a balance of right nutrients which includes proteins, carbs and minerals.

(Credit: Dr. Krishna Prasad Meda, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai)