With high school football season beginning, it’s important to become aware of injury risks with this sport. Football injuries are most commonly related to trauma. Unlike a sport like baseball where the most common injuries are over-use related. Concussions, knee injuries, and injuries to the shoulder are seen frequently.
How do you reduce this risk? First, talk to your child’s coach and observe a practice or two. Collisions are what lead to the most injuries. By reducing how much contact occurs in practice, and reducing the speed of the collision (by practicing “half speed” or greatly reducing the distance between the colliding players), it is possible to mitigate risk.
Be wary of “old school” coaches that use the philosophy that football players need to be toughened-up with practices dominated by hitting. Especially tackling drills where kids are lined up yards from each other for a big running start.