Physio’s Corner



With an estimated 240 million registered players worldwide, football, or soccer, is the worlds most popular sport.

Nearly all football injuries are caused by some sort of trauma , either colliding with an opponent or suffering an awkward fall from a leap or jump, according to research carried out with Premier League football team data.

Players mainly experience these traumas within the lower half of the body, and can be defined by the following areas:

1) Groin

2) Hip / Thigh

3) Knee

4) Calf

5) Ankle

6) Foot

Within these 6 areas the most common type of injuries are:

1) Hamstring strain – Click Here for advice on hamstring injuries

2) Sprained ankle – Click Here for advice on sprained ankles

3) Knee cartilage tear – Click Here for advice on knee cartilage tear

4) Hernia

5) Anterior Cruciate Ligament (or ACL)

Previous research carried out revealed that around 25% of all football injuries were due to overuse of muscles and tendons and progressively get worse over a period of time.

Further research showed that adults received the highest ratio of injuries at between 9 and 35 injuries per 1000 hours of playing football, and adolescents received between 0.5 an 13 injuries per 1000 hours of  playing football. As a result it is quite clear that as you get older, there is more chance of getting injured

The research showed that the majority of all day injuries occurred whilst playing competitive matches rather than in training, with female players achieving higher injury rates than men.

Despite all the doom and gloom of injury news football remains the most popular sport in the world, however it does boast that players who play football suffer more injuries than those playing other sports such as rugby, basketball, cricket, field hockey, judo, boxing, swimming, cycling and badminton.

It is more likely that the more knowledge you have of the most common football injuries, this will enable prevention of injury through education – therefore extending your playing career and providing more enjoyment as less time spent on the physio couch!

For further information on injury descriptions, advice on how to prevent and treat that type of injury click on the links within the injury list further up the page, or below.


Thanks for reading and hope the above will help.


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