Youth Football Injury Prevention
Youth football comes with the risk of injury, but when your child is growing like a weed the risk for soft tissue injuries becomes much greater. Common pains for athletes in the middle school years are low back pain and heel/foot pain. Left untreated, these pains can easily become injuries that may prevent your child from playing the whole season.
Examples: Severs disease, hamstring tears, plantar fasciitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students (Safe Kids USA Campaign Web site. 2009)
I put together this Mobility Routine for my son’s team and I’m happy to see it used wherever possible. This can be used as a warm up or cool down and the core exercises should be done daily. When used as a warm up tool, it is best used after a jog around the field and it should take 5 minutes flowing through once on each side using the “Action Options”. When used as a cool down, hold the positions longer and add deep breathing to the positions.
You can download my Gridiron Mobility Routine here: Gridiron Mobility
More good tips from stopsportsinjuries.org
- Have a pre-season health and wellness evaluation
- Perform proper warm-up and cool-down routines
- Consistently incorporate strength training and stretching
- Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize cramps
- Stay active during summer break to prepare for return to sports in the fall
- Wear properly fitted protective equipment, such as a helmet, pads, and mouthguard
- Tackle with the head up and do not lead with the helmet
- Speak with a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about football injuries or football injury prevention strategies