With the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2022, news of players getting injured on the ground has started pouring in. In a recent incident, Senegal star Sadio Mane was ruled out of the tournament after injuring his knee in the Bayern Munich match. The Bayern forward was diagnosed with an injury to his right fabula while limping during the Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen. Posted on November 17, 2022, on the official Twitter account of Senegal.
In one of these videos, Manuel Afonso said that unfortunately the MRI did not show as much improvement as we were expecting and due to this Sadio has to withdraw from the World Cup. He also told that surgery would be required for the popular player to recover.
Looking at the speed at which the players run on the field, it can be said that football has always been a cruel game where players get easily injured on the field. The way players have been seen coming out of the ground soaked in blood or limping, is enough to tell that this game can cause serious injury.
The most common injuries in football
Dr. Yuvraj Kumar, Chairman, of Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement, and Sports Injury, Accord Superspeciality Hospital, Faridabad, told News9 that there are many cases of injuries related to football. The most common contact injuries include ankle and knee sprains and ligament tears.
According to one study, the longest absence from football due to a serious injury has been due to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). For this type of injury, it is believed that badly affects the football career of the players.
Dr. Kumar says that apart from contact injuries, non-contact injuries are also common in matches. In a 90-minute game, which often goes into overtime, extreme exhaustion sets in. According to Dr. Kumar, in this game, the player has to run continuously with full energy and players often complain of cramps in the thighs and legs due to dehydration. These cramps are very painful and are often caused by drinking less water during sports.
how serious the situation may be
Fatigue, ligament tears, and sprains – these can take up to several weeks to heal. Dr. Kumar says that in 90 percent of the cases of ligament tears, surgery has to be done and it takes a lot of time to recover.
He told that in case of injury, the player is asked to rest for four to 12 weeks and sometimes this period can be up to one year. If the ligament is slightly torn then it will feel like a big sprain and if it is completely torn then there is a sharp pain like a bone fracture. Apart from this, according to the medical condition, there are more risks.
What are prevention and precautions?
When the game is at its peak, sudden injuries cannot be stopped. In such a situation, experts recommend drinking a sufficient amount of water so that non-contact injuries can be prevented.
Dr. Kumar finally says that in order to prevent injuries during sports, such training should be done for the muscles before entering the field, so that they develop the ability to tolerate sudden shocks or strains.