No pain, no gain: how to prevent football injuries

The absolutely clichéd words no pain no gain applies to most aspects of life. Football is no exception. If you don’t move well or wear the best shoes for football, you are most definitely in a world of pain. When I use the overly abused proverb, it is not a deterrent from playing the game. Nor is it detrimental. It is supposed to ensure that you not only do the right things but avoid fatal errors like leaving your football shoes behind before a game.

It is a fact that high rates of injuries occur in contact sports such as soccer and football. It is a given. Sprains, misuse and overuse of the joints, and strain on the body is a very common incident. There are a few things you can do to avoid football injuries.

  • Wear the right gear. Be it shoes for your feet or the helmet and shoulder pads, get it all on before stepping onto the field. This is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries.
  • Stay fit. Playing the game is not enough to maintain your stamina. Exercises along with a healthy diet are vital to keeping your body in the right shape.
  • Always warm up and stretch before a game. Pay attention to your knees, calves, and thigh muscles. Don’t cut short on your routine because cold muscles are extremely injury-prone. Be it running, walking or jumping jacks, three to five minutes spent on it is a must.
  • Don’t forget to cool down after. Your muscles need them both equally. Stretch after a game. It will reduce the soreness in your muscles and they remain flexible and long.
  • There is no other way. You need to cool through sweat. Get the right quantity of water required.

Your entire football playing career could depend on the little things.