American football is a unique pastime that pretty much all youth and college athletes can appreciate. Even if you’re not player or a hardcore fan yourself, it’s hard to overlook the sheet intensity, power, and passion that goes along with playing football. Most kids don’t get involved in football before the age of 14; some stick with it all throughout their high school careers, continue on to play college football, and some even make it to the NFL. Regardless of the age at which you play, it’s incredibly important to be aware of common injuries in football so you can play the game safely and prevent yourself from getting hurt.

Some of the most common injuries in football include:

  • ACL injuries
  • MCL injuries
  • LCL injuries
  • PCL injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • IT band syndrome
  • Knee dislocations
  • Ankle sprains
  • Hip labral tears
  • Hamstring strains
  • Quad tears
  • Concussions

There’s been a lot of controversy over the years about the safety of football, and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that requires loads of discipline, strength, strategy, and conditioning. At Next Level Physio, we want youth and college football players to be able to enjoy the game without injuring themselves or others. In the event they do get injured playing football, we also want them to know that they have a reliable sports physical therapist they can turn to to help get them back on the field.