Stay in Playing Shape
- Stay away from concrete or other hard surfaces.
- If you wear glasses, make sure they're strapped on.
- Don't play with a leg brace—It could hurt someone else. If you must wear a brace, make sure it's covered with adequate padding.
- Consider arm pads—Some players who know they'll be doing light blocking use this protective option.
- Warm up well—Make sure you warm up or the hard running, sprinting, and direction changing is going to hurt.
- Wear proper protective equipment—Equipment, such as a helmet, pads, shoes, athletic supporters and cups (males), and mouthguards can help protect you from injury.
American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org
American Society of Exercise Physiologists http://www.asep.org
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology http://www.csep.ca
Healthy Canadians http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca
Preventing football injuries. Stop Sports Injuries website. Available at: http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/football-injury-prevention.aspx#types. Accessed January 15, 2014.
Safety Tips: Football. Nemours' KidsHealth website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/sports%5Fsafety/safety%5Ffootball.html. Updated January 2014. Accessed November 5, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2015 -
- Update Date: 11/05/2015 -