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Football Injuries | Football PhysiotherapistsWhether playing in the Premier League, or Sunday League, injuries can happen to anyone at any moment.
Football mainly involves short, sharp sprints, movements & turns. So most commonly we see muscle strains of quadriceps, hamstrings & calves. Recovery can vary from 2-8 weeks usually, but it is always better to seek professional advice before playing again, otherwise you are more likely to re-injure the muscle.
Injuries to the knee throughout sport are the most common, with prevalence of knee injuries in football extremely high. This is due to quick turning & twisting actions involved. Research shows that over 50% of all knee injuries across all sports involve the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), and about 15% of knee injuries in football involve the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).
Injury to your ACL usually means either a partial tear or complete rupture. Most of these injuries will need ACL Reconstruction surgery and rehabilitation to be able to return to football. At mlh we work closely with Mr Jari (www.thekneedoc.co.uk) and provide all of his pre-op assessment, with KT1000 testing, and post-op rehabilitation.
Although very common in football, MCL surgery is far less common, and is usually resolved with physiotherapy. The MCL is usually strained or partially torn, and with good rehabilitation, through strengthening and proprioceptive work, a return to playing without surgery is likely.
At mlh we have over 15 years of experience and see these injuries daily. So seek professional advice before returning to sport, and we will get you back stronger and fitter.