One of the most famous and well-known sports is American football, and the attention it gets is no surprise because of how thrilling, exciting, and inspirational every single game turns out. And whether you’re just a fan standing in the bleachers, or an aspiring athlete that wants to dawn the field in the big leagues, the level of exhilaration you get from the sport never changes.
However, when you look past all the glories, trophies, and great players that make American football so great, at its very core, it is one of the most dangerous sports out there. And people tend to forget this fact and gloss over it as if it were a minor reminder in the rule book. As a result, many people go into the sport without knowing the full depth and understanding the risk they’re taking. To address this issue, we’re going to take a step back and reintroduce the importance of safety.
Remember, It’s A Full-Contact Sport
One thing that everyone needs to remember is that American Football is a full-contact sport. It involves a lot of running, tackling, and outmaneuvering your opponents. And when you put these things together, you can probably surmise that many things can go wrong when everyone is coming at each other in full-force.
In fact, you might’ve already seen many of your favorite athletes go through so much pain after sustaining an injury. It is also why football athletes are decked out with a lot of padding and heavy-duty sports attire. From protective mouthpieces to the iconic football helmet, all of these things keep them safe.
Injuries Can Happen At Any Time
With that said, injuries are fairly commonplace in American football with how rough and intense every game can get. However, just because professional athletes can tough it out, that doesn’t necessarily translate that everyone back at home can recreate the same professional play level without facing any consequences. And among the following are some of the most common injuries that can happen.
- Concussions: Our heads are fragile, and the smallest introduction of sudden force can have irreversible effects. And in the case of American football, a straight tackle hitting the head can cause traumatic brain injury or a concussion.
- Broken Ribs: Sure, we look up to our favorite football star athletes for such great physiques, but keep in mind that they are trained and built like an absolute unit. And when they take tackle after tackle from each player, these blows can cause extreme stress on the bones and lead to broken ribs.
- Knee Injuries: When someone’s going for a touchdown, it’s only natural for the defense to tackle straight down at their feet to make them fall. And even if the offensive player is able to jump, tuck, and dodge, all these plays put the lower region of the body at risk of injury. As a result, the knee is most susceptible to injury, and when you factor in the force and bad landing, it can also lead to fractures.
Value Your Safety When Playing
While we know that playing American football is a dangerous full-contact sport, we are by no means discouraging you from playing. In fact, we are a strong advocate for sports, so as long as you value your safety when playing. And to do that, here are some simple practices you can observe.
#1 Get A Regular Checkup and Wellness Evaluation
There’s no telling what can happen before and after a whole season of playing, so it is in your best interest to get a regular checkup and wellness evaluation with a physical therapist to ensure that it is safe for you to continue playing. And, as for new players, we still advise a general full physical checkup so that a licensed medical professional can give a professional opinion on whether it’s safe for you to play or not.
#2 Train Properly
Much like any other sport, you’ll want to put in the time and effort into training properly. Regular training sessions will strengthen your muscles and help prepare your body for the sport and help prevent injuries. Incorporate strength training into your workouts, and don’t forget to stretch because this will keep you flexible and agile on the field.
#3 Proper Nutrition
Last but not least, ensure that you’re eating a balanced diet to support your exercise and provide you with substantial amounts of energy to engage in the sport. The last thing you’ll want to happen is putting in a lot of effort training and practicing, only to not have adequate nutrition to support growth and have zero energy for the sport. A good diet will go along way and will also help build your future as an athlete.
Love The Sport, But Not At The Expense Of Your Health
Overall, we want you to love the sport and continue to play it, but so as long as you ensure your safety. We want you to enjoy playing the sport, but never indulge in it at the expense of your health and well-being.
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