Do you know the most common injuries in football?

Tackles, head duels, landings, sudden changes of direction, accelerations, kicking and passing the ball – in football there are a lot of situations where you can get injured. Read more about the most common injuries below.

More than 75% of injuries in football occur in the legs. Head and facial injuries are also common. In general, injuries are divided into acute and overuse injuries.

Acute injuries occur suddenly and can be attributed to one single event during a training session or a game. Typical injuries are thigh contusions, hamstring muscle strains, knee injuries and ankle sprains.

Overuse injuries develop over time and cannot be attributed to a single event. It is typical for players with overuse injuries to be playing for several teams, not getting adequate rest. Symptoms are often ignored until they cannot be ignored any longer. Typical overuse injury sites are the groin and knee.

Football players can expect to have at least one ankle injury during their playing career.

Common injuries

  • Thigh contusion
  • Ankle sprain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Quadriceps strain
  • Groin strain, groin pain
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture without associated injuries to other structures of the knee
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Concussion
  • Cramps

Young growing athletes

  • Osgood-Schlatter and Sinding-Larsen-Johansson syndrome
  • Sever's disease