Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Preventing High School Football Injuries

School is back in session and that means kids are also out on the football field. With the sport back in action though, there are some common injuries seen in football athletes. 

“In the middle and high school football player, the most common injuries I see are strains and sprains to the knee,” noted Dr. Clark Baumbusch with Sentara Martha Jefferson Orthopedics. 

The risk of injury is present, no matter what type of football is being played. 

“Injuries can happen in contact or non-contact football,” noted Dr. Baumbusch. 

While it is a reality, doctors say that focusing on preventing problems is key. 

“Injury prevention is something that we’re very concerned about,” said Dr. Baumbusch. 

Although you may not think it, strengthening muscles groups outside of your knees actually helps to protect your knees. 

“Most of what we understand about prevention involves strengthening the muscles in the lower extremities so the quads and the glute muscles,” noted Dr. Baumbusch.  “Strengthening the muscles around the pelvis and the core muscles is also important.” 

If kids do get hurt, typically the healing process involves staying off the field for a while, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and rehab. In more severe cases imaging studies might be done. The good news for parents though is that surgery is only required in a rare percentage of cases. 

For more information on this topic, please call 1-800-SENTARA. 

If you have a question about your health, please email healthquestions@nbc29.com. 

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