Footballers suffer more injuries than in just about any other sport. Most are caused by colliding with other players or landing awkwardly from a jump. Roughly a quarter of injuries are due to overuse and develop gradually over time. So, what can players (and their concerned parents!) do to protect themselves from getting injured?
Our knees are highly important to retaining an active and fulfilled life. It is often only when an issue occurs that we really appreciate the work they do. Because our knees are made of a complex network of bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments, problems do arise when these elements don’t work together in harmony. Surgery is sometimes necessary as the best treatment, however for many cases it is possible to be seen as an outpatient where you can recover at home.
Our knees succumb to vast amount of usage throughout our lives, so it isn’t a surprise that injury and pain in the knee area is common. Problems are generally more frequent the more active you are too, so even the fittest, healthiest people are affected. The longer you leave a knee issue, the more complex treatment could be required so it is important to understand what could be causing your pain.