A football player's ability and talent can never be compensated for by fitness. However, a very skillful player who cannot last the whole match due to lack of stamina, or cannot get to the ball due to lack of speed, is not as useful to the team as the player who has slightly less skill, but more speed and stamina.

Thus footballers need to achieve both types of fitness, and players in different positions (midfield, defense etc.) will need different levels of both:



Football Injuries

Because of the intense nature of a game, players are approximately 11 times more likely to sustain an injury during a match then during training. So often injuries can be traumatic in nature and involve another player.

None the less there is a pattern to the injuries that appear in such sports:

Muscle Sprain Strain/ Tear

See a the link on Acute Injuries for details on muscle sprain, strain and tear

Ankle Sprains

Also very common among footballers, here the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint become stretched or torn. Often players are predisposed to ankle injuries and if so should examine ankle exercises outlined to strengthen the joint and prevent injury.

Tendonitis or a ruptured tendon

Tendonitis is simply inflammation of the tendon that arises from continuous use of the joint, weakened ligaments and some pathological predispositions. Constant use of the inflamed tendon can lead to a tendon rupture or tear. Strengthening the joint and rest can help avoid tendonitis.

Knee Injuries

Ligament injuries to the knee are very common in sports that require stopping and starting or quickly changing directions like football. Ligaments are fibrous bands that attach bone to bone, thus any damage done to them can seriously compromise the knee and the legs stability, sometimes even hindering walking.

Knee Cartilage or Meniscus is the bone like structure which lies in between the knee joint keeping it cushioned and fluid. Tears in the meniscus are often the result of twisting, pivoting, decelerating or a sudden impact. Again all common activities associated with the game of football.

Avoiding Injury