How to Prevent Injuries at the Start of the Season

With the summer seemingly being well and truly over, and as temperatures drop as a result, it is important that a number of steps are taken in order to best prevent injuries when playing sport.

With the new sporting season having now begun for many players, coaches and parents, this now means cold weekend mornings on the football or rugby pitch. As well as this, it also means injuries for those involved, with many not being the knocks and accidents that would be expected. This time of the year is when injuries are at their most prevalent however, especially surrounding contact sports including football and rugby.


An estimated 80% of injuries are due to collisions which occur on the field, with knee, shoulder and ankle issues being the most common. Even those participating in non-contact sports are at risk, with quick changes of direction and jumping often leading to injuries, if the necessary precautions are not taken. So, just how can those in charge help to prevent injuries?


Programs – There are a number of injury prevention programs in which governing bodies have put together and encourage players to carry out, such as the Fifa 11+ scheme. Such programs require no equipment and no specialist training, with those sticking to their routine likely to be more successful in preventing injuries.


Workload – Especially important when children are involved, it is important for coaches to understand the impact in which too much exercise can have on the body. With youngsters having to balance many different things, overdoing things is a quickfire way of enhancing the chances of injury.


Address Symptoms Early – It is important for coaches to encourage their players to report any potential injury at the earliest possible opportunity, as this will allow the necessary precautions or steps to be taken in order to overcome it, before it gets too serious.


Transitions – Whilst altering training sessions is important for development, it is crucial that coaches do so gradually, with intensity, volume and frequency having to be taken into account.


Warm Up & Down – While kids may not enjoy the process, it is important that a thorough warm up and warm down is carried out, no matter how long has been spent on the field in competitive action. Such actions must also be carried out before and after training sessions, which will help to maximise recovery in the process.


Rest – When a player does pick up an injury, it is important for them to take the necessary time required in order to return to full fitness. With the majority of children likely to be chomping at the bit to get back out there with their friends, returning too quickly is likely to lead to additional problems down the line.