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Common Football Knee Injuries

Knee injuries in football are the most common, especially those to the anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) and to the menisci (cartilage of the knee).

Football season is in full swing! Gametime brings touchdown passes along with a rise in sports injuries. Due to the constant change of direction combined with the collision of players on the field by far the most common football injuries are to the knee and ankle.

Seahawks’ tight end, Luke Willson, recently suffered from a possible season ending injury after running back Christine Michael fell onto Luke’s knee as he crossed into the end zone for a touchdown. The Seahawks scored, but it came at the expense of a possible season ending injury for Willson who had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery following the injury.

Type of Injury: ACL/MCL

The ACL and MCL are the two most common knee injuries, whether they are sprained, inflamed, or torn. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, they can be treated by surgery or physical therapy. If surgery is needed the recovery time will be close to 6 months to a year for both of them. Here are some causes of injury:

Causes:

  • Twisting knee with the foot planted
  • Getting hit on the knee
  • Extending the knee too far
  • Jumping and landing on a flexed knee
  • Stopping suddenly while running
  • Suddenly shifting weight from one leg to the other

Injuries to the knee are painful and can cause discomfort in day-to-day activities, but there is a way to get better with physical therapy. Before or after surgery, PT can help improve mobility and provide pain relief while healing. If you are experiencing knee pain stop in and schedule a free injury screen with your local IRG Therapist.

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Posted on November 11, 2016

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Common Football Knee Injuries

Knee injuries in football are the most common, especially those to the anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) and to the menisci (cartilage of the knee).

Football season is in full swing! Gametime brings touchdown passes along with a rise in sports injuries. Due to the constant change of direction combined with the collision of players on the field by far the most common football injuries are to the knee and ankle.

Seahawks’ tight end, Luke Willson, recently suffered from a possible season ending injury after running back Christine Michael fell onto Luke’s knee as he crossed into the end zone for a touchdown. The Seahawks scored, but it came at the expense of a possible season ending injury for Willson who had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery following the injury.

Type of Injury: ACL/MCL

The ACL and MCL are the two most common knee injuries, whether they are sprained, inflamed, or torn. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, they can be treated by surgery or physical therapy. If surgery is needed the recovery time will be close to 6 months to a year for both of them. Here are some causes of injury:

Causes:

  • Twisting knee with the foot planted
  • Getting hit on the knee
  • Extending the knee too far
  • Jumping and landing on a flexed knee
  • Stopping suddenly while running
  • Suddenly shifting weight from one leg to the other

Injuries to the knee are painful and can cause discomfort in day-to-day activities, but there is a way to get better with physical therapy. Before or after surgery, PT can help improve mobility and provide pain relief while healing. If you are experiencing knee pain stop in and schedule a free injury screen with your local IRG Therapist.

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Posted on November 11, 2016

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