It’s hard to overstate football’s popularity in the United States. The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event of the year. College football and the NFL dominate headlines in the fall — and even in the spring as the NFL draft takes center stage.
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And high school football is a revered institution in big cities and small towns from sea to shining sea. In short, football has supplanted baseball as America’s game.
But football is an inherently violent sport, with large bodies colliding with one another with tremendous force. The name of the game is to hit somebody, and as a result, injuries in football are very common and often serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room.
To learn how to keep things as safe as possible on the football field, follow these tips.
Because of its violent nature and the sheer numbers of people who play, football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. Aside from minor aches and pains, common football injuries include ankle sprains, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, and concussions.
Fortunately, many football injuries can be prevented by wearing the right equipment, playing within the rules, and using proper technique.
You’ll need a lot of protective gear to play football, and you’ll need to remember to wear all of it each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without a necessary piece of equipment, tell your coach, and don’t try to play until you fix the situation.