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3 Common Football Related Injuries and What They Will Cost You

Pic:theconversation.comPic:theconversation.comTHE World Cup is excitingly underway. So many teams played and so many left but you may have also noticed – the players are no strangers to injuries. It’s all part of the life of a professional football player. The truth is; football players are at constant risk of injury whenever they step into the field of play. So what are the most common injuries threatening active footballers and how much does it cost to treat these injuries? Read on to find out!

1: Ankle Sprain

According to FIFA, ankle sprains account for the majority of all football related injuries. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward, creating stress on the ligaments around the ankle. The stress created by the unnatural movement can cause tears to the ligament attached to the ankle. An ankle sprain is typically characterised by swelling and/or discoloration of the ankle.

Treatment

Minor ankle sprains can be treated easily through a technique called R.I.C.E. which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The first step lies with resting the injured ankle, which means that you should immediately stop all physical activity. Continuing to play on the field with a sprained ankle will not make you the next David Beckham, so get off the pitch. After you're off the field, you should ice the injured ankle to ease the swelling and pain. After which, you should apply a compression wrap for the first 48 hours to support the injured ligament. Finally, when you're all ready to kick back on the couch, try to elevate your ankle as best as you can to encourage blood flow. In most cases, a minor sprained ankle will heal itself in a matter of 4 to 5 days with no complications.

Cost

2 Small Bags of Ice from Convenience Store: RM4
Velcro Compression bandage: RM18

Total = RM22

2: Achilles Tendinitis (Inflamed Achilles Tendon)

Achilles tendinitis happens when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse and is characterised by general soreness and swelling with the level of pain increasing as you rotate your ankle. This ailment is especially common with veteran football players who have abused their Achilles tendon over the course of a long career.

Treatment

Treatment of Achilles tendinitis involves applying ice to the area at least twice a day to reduce swelling of the inflamed tendon. Some doctors might even prescribe ibuprofen, which functions as an anti-inflammatory and pain killer. To help ease the pain and speed recovery, most doctors will also recommend the use of an Achilles tendon wrap to support the damaged area. The wrap functions just like an arm sling and works to prevent the tendon from overstretching. Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury requiring a long layoff time, so don't expect a speedy recovery in a matter of 1 to 2 weeks. Get plenty of rest and give yourself at least 1 to 2 months before you jump back into your active schedule.

Cost

2 Small Bags of Ice from Convenience Store: RM4
Doctor Consultation + Medication (Ibuprofen and/or other drugs): RM23
Achilles tendon Velcro Wrap: RM35

Total = RM62

3: ACL Tear

The ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) is one of four major ligaments attached to the knee. The ACL is used in conjunction with the three other major ligaments to support movement of the knee during activities such as running, squatting and jumping. ACL tear victims usually recall hearing a faint “pop” sound in the knee at the time of injury. This is often followed by severe pain and an inability to place weight on the knee.

Treatment

First aid treatment for an ACL tear usually involves the R.I.C.E. procedure mentioned above. After you've secured your knee, a trip to the hospital should be check marked in your schedule. A hospital visit will allow a doctor to check and x-ray your knee to determine the severity of the tear. Severe tears will almost always require surgery if you wish to continue your athletic career. ACL surgery is extremely expensive in Malaysia, with a cost of up to RM100,000 for a single operation. Throw in the fact that ACL surgery requires many months of dedicated rehabilitation and you have the perfect formula for a career ending injury.

Cost

2 Small Bags of Ice from Convenience Store: RM4
Velcro Compression bandage: RM18
Hospital Visit and X-Ray: RM250

Total = RM272

Of course, as with any health related concern – if you are uncomfortable with not seeing a healthcare professional to have your injury checked – then please do.

 

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