Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Football Season: 3 Orthopedic Tips for Every Football Player

If you play high school, college, or professional football, then you know just how important it is for you to take care of your body. Because football is a contact sport, it’s one of the sports that causes the most injuries. To head into the season feeling strong and remain strong throughout the rest of the football season, we have a few tips for you. Let’s take a closer look at how you can avoid getting injured.

Ice Everyday

Icing isn’t just something you should be doing after you have been injured; in fact, we encourage football players to ice their joints after every practice. Get into the habit of icing your knees, ankles, elbows, and wrists after every practice for at least five minutes at a time.

Wear Your Pads All Of the Time

You may think that you don’t need to wear pads during just a little scrimmage, but that’s when a lot of players get injured. The last thing that you want to do is make yourself vulnerable while you are on the field. Make sure that you head into every practice, scrimmage, and game wearing all of your gear (or at least the importance pads and your helmet).

Stretch

Another thing that you should do after every practice ( in addition to icing) is stretch. Stretching is one of the best ways for you to avoid a torn ligament, muscle, or joint. Get into the habit of focusing on your legs and arms because they are more likely to get injured during football.

The last thing that any football player wants is to be benched because of an injury. Make sure that you keep yourself protected this year and keep these three tips in mind if you want to learn a little bit more, contact our Santa Rosa office and call us at (707) 544-3400.

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