Prevention of Sports Injuries in Young Football Players

If you're one of the many parents whose child dreams of one day becoming quarterback for the New York Giants, you may have concerns about football-related injuries. Too often, young players make national headlines because of career-ending or fatal injuries.

As more and more kids, ages ranging from "peewee" to high school, take an interest in football, parents find themselves dealing with athletic gear, jargon and possible injuries that they've likely never heard of.

Football-related injuries are common. Some become lifelong injuries even if they're treated. Familiarity with these injuries and their prevention becomes more important with each passing generation of would-be quarterbacks.

Football is a full-body sport; that is, every muscle and bone is used to propel kids down the field so they may crash into one another in an attempt to wrest the ball from the other team and make the all-important touchdown. This may seem like a scary prospect to a lot of parents, but injury prevention comes with knowledge and a bit of preparation.

Common Injuries in Football

The most common football-related injuries are to the legs, back, feet, hands and neck. Concussions, knee injuries, muscle strains and sprains top the list. School or league medical staff members treat most of these immediately, but some may require a dreaded doctor visit and possibly physical therapy.

Many leagues that cater to younger players don't allow tackles like those in grown-up football. This prevents a number of the injuries that stem from full-contact collisions. Check with your local leagues and school coaches to see what is and isn't allowed on the field.

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