Common Shoulder Injuries While Playing Football

Football is one of the most popular sports played by young athletes and the injuries that occur during football games and practice are due to the combination of high speeds and full contact. And among them, the most common are shoulder injuries. Non-serious cases of these injuries can be treated without surgery but serious cases may require surgical intervention along with the use of Orthopaedic Implants and Instruments.

Shoulder Injuries Types

There are a few most common types of shoulder injuries experienced by football players. We are here with the injuries, treatment, and prevention.

Shoulder Tendonitis

As the name suggests, Tendonitis is the inflammation and irritation of the tendons that happen within the shoulder. It commonly happens because of extreme throwing motions. It is quite common for quarterbacks and the biceps tendon is most generally affected by tendonitis.

Shoulder Dislocation

A shoulder dislocation injuries might happen, because of an overly energetic arm movement (usually happens in excitement), or a traumatic influence of another player or the ground. Shoulder dislocation consists of the separation of the socket (scapula) or ball (humerus) joint of which the shoulder makes up.

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder separations are actually more serious than dislocations. Although they sound quite the same separation happens when the ligaments attaching and stabilizing the collarbone are fully or partially torn from the shoulder blade.

Instability of Anterior Shoulder

This is quite a common position of players who need far-distance or monotonous throws. Anterior shoulder instability means the humeral head slipping in and out from the shoulder socket. When it happens constantly, it might become the chronic instability.

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Better Cure for Shoulder Injuries

In case if you are troubled because of continuous shoulder pain that rest, ice, or anti-inflammatory drugs doesn’t relax you and you should consult a better ortho physician.  All you need to do is to tell the symptoms of the pain and why the injury occurred. There will be a physical examination conducted and you might be asked for tests like Ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI.

Icing and rest commonly are effective for mind shoulder injuries and soreness and treat the injury as well as reduce pain. Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, can also help to lessen pain. But it is highly advisable to consult your doctor in case of swelling, warmth, redness, or pain after several days.

For acute shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears, surgery might be essential there and it depends on the seriousness of the injury. Doctors usually suggest surgery in case if you are troubled with shoulder dislocations consistently.


While playing football, the main step to prevent shoulder injuries is to wear the regulation equipment and padding that fits completely, specifically shoulder pads. Make sure to fit the protective equipment properly at the start of every season.

Secondly, you should practice proper blocking and tackling techniques. Also, you should take participate in the conditioning and strength program that will strengthen the body and make it more flexible and the injury chances will be reduced.

Wrap Up

It is very necessary to take an instant step rather than ignoring a shoulder injury. This is because it might become more painful and the situation gets worse than the previous. It is suggested to meet your doctor immediately in case if you have acute pain in your shoulder for more than a couple of days. To stay prevented from shoulder injuries while playing football, do not forget to wear protective equipment properly and play using correct techniques on the field.

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