Archive for November 27th, 2009

Post-Thanksgiving Football Injuries

We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The day after Thanksgiving usually includes a lot of lounging but also can include a fun game of touch football for many. Although the name suggests a nice, gentle game played by friends, it can often become fiersome, competitive tackle football.

You may increase your risk of injury by any of the following:

  • Certain manoeuvres – such as diving for the ball, changing direction and touching.
  • Lack of fitness – a certain level of fitness is required to play touch.
  • Inexperience – beginners may be more likely to be injured because they do not have the skills or technique to meet the demands of the sport.
  • Poor technique – holding or moving the body incorrectly can put unnecessary strain on joints, muscles and ligaments.
  • Failure to wear protective equipment – for example, using mouth guards can reduce the risk of injury.
  • Overtraining – training too much and too often can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries.
  • To decrease your risk of getting injured, consider the following:

  • Develop good skills and technique before playing in competitive games.  
  • Warm up thoroughly before playing. Include plenty of sustained stretches.
  • Cool down after activity. Stretching is also an important part of your cool down routine.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the game.
  • Make sure you are fully aware of and practice the rules of the game.
  • Work at improving your form.
  • Wear appropriate protective equipment, such as a mouth guard.
  • Safe playing to all!