Don’t let a kick-about sideline you this summer
With England’s Euro 2004 campaign approaching, casualty departments will swell with injuries sustained by amateur footballers, according to leading sports support brand, Vulkan.
About 328,000 people visited hospitals in England last year after being injured in friendly kick-abouts, with the vast majority of those including bruising, tendon and tissue injuries. And the Vulkan team believes the vast majority of these injuries can be avoided through a warm up routine and using sports supports to prevent injuries.
These recommendations are supported by leading FA scientists working with England’s football stars, which show an alarming number of injuries even by top stars are caused by a lack of preparation.
The figures show that, despite the fact footballers are often injured through contact, a failure to warm up properly, train and keep fit are also cited as causes.
Research by the FA showed more than a third of the 6,030 injuries recorded at 91 professional clubs in a season were strains and sprains, with the majority caused without contact being made.
FA scientists say that, although the figures for injuries relate to the professional game, amateur football statistics show the same pattern.
Muscular sprains and ruptures top the FA’s list of injuries with 37 per cent of the casualty toll, with ligament strains coming second (19 per cent).
Physiotherapy experts at Vulkan say the best way to avoid these injuries is to prepare off the field and take care on it. And Vulkan is campaigning to cut unnecessary injuries this summer.
The company’s products are designed to offer support and comfort for sportsmen and women.
Warm Pants for example help prevent as well as cure injuries to the groin, hamstring and thigh.
Knee Supports are used by professionals who may be recovering from a knock or sprain – but can also be used to prevent serious injury too.
Ankle supports can shield players from the twists and turns and take the pressure off joints during a high-paced 90 minute match.
The FA’s deputy head of science Richard Hawkins said: “The range and type of injuries suffered by amateur footballers is the same as the professional game
“The muscular, ligament and sprain injuries make up as much of 70 per cent of the total. Many could be prevented.”
Vulkan sales director Richard Walker said: “Vulkan’s products are used by some of the top footballers in the country, not just to help them recover from injuries, but to prevent them happening in the first place.”
“With so many injuries caused by strains, sprains and twists, not using the right equipment – even for a kickabout – can prove a painful experience.
To find details of your nearest Vulkan stockist, contact Mobilis Healthcare Group on 0161 678 0233.
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