Football is the most popular sport in the UK and players need to be able to move rapidly, change direction quickly and have good aerobic endurance.
As football can be a very competitive sport, players are vulnerable to injury especially in the leg muscles and joints which take the brunt of any impacts.
Injuries can occur due to mistimed tackles, a kick to the leg or a twist to the knee, with the most common lower extremity injuries being sprains and strains to the knee and ankle. Footballers can also suffer from injuries such as shin splints or patellar tendinitis which can occur due to the overuse of muscles.
Footballers should wear essential protection such as shin guards and athletic tape, but if acute injury does occur, it is recommended that players follow the “PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) treatment protocol. The injured joint should be immobilised as soon as possible followed by examination by a physician.
The LP Support range of supports and braces can help protect the joints most often injured in football, reduce sports injuries and prolong the players ability to play.