The top 5 most common health issues in sports (2021)

You know what’s just around the corner? The new college football season. With such a high octane, full contact sport comes a lot of health issues and injuries. So today we’re going to be taking a look at what could be considered the top 5 most common health issues in sports, specifically, American football!

These days we’re obsessed with stats, every club, every team, every franchise will have plenty of statisticians behind the scenes helping to get the best out of every player they have. Whether that’s watching the athletes in training, closely monitoring in ncaaf picks or just monitoring opponents and their habits to help gain any potential advantage. But one stat in particular is interesting to me, what are the most common health issues in sports, specifically American Football, what are the most common injuries, health issues after retirement and what causes them?

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Most Common Injuries in American Football

  • Strains & Sprains
  • Bruising
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Concussions

In all honesty, these kind of speak for themselves and in a way it’s fairly obvious how they come about, however, of the list the most concerning common injury in American football are concussions. Studies have shown that any player that suffers repeat concussions, which is a high possibility as they find themselves running head first into players built like aircraft hangars, may have an increased risk later in life for CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and other major mental health issues like Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia and Depression. Going back to my above point, these injuries tend to be caused by helmet to helmet collisions, heavy impacts to the ground after receiving a tackle or even potentially receiving a knee to the head while going in for a low tackle.

However we must note that helmets do in fact protect players from far more potential injuries than they cause.

In terms of bruising you may not consider it to be a severe injury, but there are many forms of bruising an athlete may receive, anything at a muscular level may cause an athlete to miss small amounts of game time, same can be said for strains and light sprains. Dislocations depending how severe can cause athletes to be forced out of action also, however it is possible sometimes to just pop a dislocated shoulder back into its socket and carry on with your game. Depending on your pain threshold I suppose!

health issues in sports

Last but not least we’ll look at fractures. Clavicle fractures have been on the rise in the NFL but it seems like not a lot has been published on the overall impact of these injuries. A study from the National Library of Medicine set out to figure out the time an athlete should be sidelined with a clavicle fracture and the overall impact a clavicle fracture would have on an athlete’s abilities after recovery. The study found that while the impact was significant due to lost playing time, there was no “statistically significant difference” in the performance of the athlete after the injury, when they were compared to a control group.

Have you found yourself suffering with any of these injuries? Were you an athlete at a college level or do you just enjoy sports recreationally? We’d love to hear about some of your experiences. It’s an interesting subject to study! Take care folks!

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