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Types Of Football Injuries

The dangers of playing football are still being discovered and safety measures for protecting players are increased almost every year. It is estimated that between 2001 and 2005 more than 1.06 million males of all ages visited the emergency room for some type of football-related injury. Additionally, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) between 4 and 20 percent of high school and college football players will sustain at least one brain injury during a single season.

Types Of Football Injuries

Football injuries can cause permanent physical and mental damage, particularly if a player continues to engage in strenuous activity before completely healing from a previous injury. In Connecticut alone there are more than 90 high school football teams, a college team, and dozens more peewee teams.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious football injury due to another individual’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

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Football Injuries To Watch Out For

In the United States there are approximately 30 million children participating in organized sports activities each year. According to statistics from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 194,000 football players between the ages of 5 and 14 are injured each year.

Children, teens, and adults can suffer from varying types of football injuries. The following are some of the most common football injuries.

  • Sprains & strains
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Heat stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Blood clots
  • Dislocations
  • Concussion
  • Fractures
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Torn rotator cuff


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Athletes who participate in field sports, such as football, also commonly experience what is known as “turf toe”. This type of injury occurs when an athlete forcefully jams their toe into the turf or bends their toe backward beyond the joint’s limits.

What Are The Most Dangerous Positions To Play?

Most anyone can get hurt playing football, even players that are not on the field that often end up sustaining debilitating and/or life-long injuries. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health examined injuries among 10,000 high school football players to determine the rate of injury by player position.

Some of the most dangerous football positions include:

  • Center
  • Offensive guard
  • Offensive tackle
  • Running back
  • Linebacker
  • Quarterback


Players in the offensive line were injured most frequently however running backs had the highest percentage of injuries in one single position. Additionally, the study found that tackling and being tackled was the action that attributed to the majority of injuries.

What Causes These Football Injuries?

Although some common football injuries may be caused by overuse, some players are hurt due to the negligence of another individual.

Some causes of football injuries include:

  • Improper training
  • Poor coaching
  • Practicing on dangerous grounds
  • Coaching staff negligence
  • Lack of safety gear
  • Intentional acts of violence


Oftentimes football players must adhere to certain rules about late hits or intentionally hurting another player. Unfortunately, these situations happen all the time and when a player is not disciplined for their actions they are more likely to repeat the offense and seriously or permanently injure a person.

Speak With A Football Injury Attorney Today

Football is one of today’s most popular sports being played by millions of children, teens, and adults each year. When an individual’s negligence leads to a serious football injury, the person who caused the injury should be held responsible for their actions.

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