Football: What are the most common injuries in this sport – and how to prevent them?

Sadio Mané injured

Photo credit, Stefan Matzke – sampics

If you follow football games at the stadium or on TV, you’ve probably seen the scene where an athlete rushes forward and suddenly stops to put his hand behind his thigh.

Even more traumatic are episodes where the player stumbles or takes a blow and falls to the ground with knee or ankle pain.

Injuries in this sport are more common than you might think. An indication of the scale of the problem comes from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), which monitors major medical complications during matches in Series A and B of the national championship.

During the 2019 season, for example, 645 athletes were analyzed. Of these, 214 (33% of the total) suffered at least one injury.

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