The Most Dangerous Types Of Football Injuries
With football season well on its way, it’s important to understand the kinds of injuries that can occur while playing this sport. In most cases, football teams are playing at their own risk, but there are times when the school, sports club, or youth group are responsible for injuries. In cases of negligence, inadequate supervision, faulty equipment, or poorly maintained facilities, you may have a claim for compensation. Here are some of the most common injuries incurred from playing football that you may be entitled to compensation for:
Head And Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are the most common football injury. Even though players wear helmets, the impact from tackles can easily cause concussions. Concussions are difficult to identify right away and can lead to long-term issues. If a player experiences any of the following symptoms, they need to see a doctor immediately before their injury becomes aggravated and causes long-term damage:
- Headaches or migraines
- Dizziness and faintness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of balance or fine motor skills
- Drowsiness or extreme fatigue
- Numbness/tingling in limbs or body
- Difficulty concentrating, memory loss, or mood swings
- Blurry or lost vision
Injuries to the spinal column or the back are also very common. Players often strain muscles in their backs, slip discs, and in extreme cases, can even cause long-term disabilities like paralysis. Back injuries can either come from overtraining or can be the result of a serious impact. In any case, back injuries are devastating and can impede on a player’s ability to live a normal life.
As a full-contact sport, traumatic injuries are also common in football. Knee injuries like torn or damaged ACL, PCL, or cartilage are common. Shoulder, ankle, and hip injuries are also common, especially among lineman. There are also bone bruising, breaks, and fractures. These injuries are very painful and cause a lot of anxiety and stress. Traumatic injuries are also extremely expensive since they require a lot of medical attention. In most cases, these injuries require surgery and physical therapy. If a player continues to play with these injuries before they are healed, there can also be severe long-term damage like loss of function.
Strains, Stress, And Overuse Injuries
Strains, stress, and overuse injuries are the result of overtraining and pushing the player’s body beyond reasonable limits. There is also a risk of repetitive stress injury from using the same body parts over and over again. These injuries start out minor but become serious health conditions over time and may even lead to permanent disabilities if they go untreated. Though they may seem minor now, it is critical that they are taken as seriously as traumatic injuries before they become aggravated.
Heat stroke is a serious concern for football players in the state of Florida, especially when the season first starts off. The temperatures in the early Fall can still range in the 90s and combined with the gear, physical exertion, and humidity, it can be a recipe for dehydration and heat stroke. Heat stroke can lead to permanent brain damage, and in very severe cases, fatalities.
With so many potential, long-term injuries from playing football, it’s important that players and their family members understand their rights. Schools, sports clubs, and leagues all have a duty to ensure that players are in safe conditions and provide reasonable caution to prevent any hazards that lead to injury. If you or your child were injured playing football as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with a professional injury lawyer at Babboni, Goldman, Fernandez, and Walsh to understand your rights and see if you have a case for a settlement.