How to prevent recurring football injuries

Written by: Professor Ali Ghoz
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Top Doctors recently spoke to distinguished consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, Professor Ali Ghoz, to discuss all things football injuries. Here, the esteemed surgeon tells us how one can reduce the risk of sustaining injuries when playing football, and outlines the most common injuries in football these days.

What are the most common football injuries?

The most common football injuries are ligament, cartilage, or soft tissue injuries. Muscle strains and stress injuries are also highly common football injuries.


The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most common ligaments to be injured. The menisci are also at a high risk of being injured. Other ligaments that can be injured include the collateral ligaments, which are usually managed conservatively. Hamstring injuries, related to not being prepared enough, are also extremely common.


How do you reduce the risk of sustaining injuries when playing football?

There have been quite a lot of advancements when it comes to the management of football injuries. One of the key factors that has been shown to have evidence-based backing in preventing football injuries is actual training to avoid ligament injuries, such as ACL injuries.


There have been quite a few studies done to show that ACL rehabilitation pre-season training and conditioning before the season starts is hugely important when it comes to preventing knee injuries. So, it’s all about excellent warming up and cooling down before and after playing, and constant strength and conditioning training.


If you are injured, when should you visit a doctor?

If you sustain an injury to your knee that causes pain, swelling, locking, or the knee giving way that does not resolve, then ideally you should be consulting your orthopaedic surgeon for an assessment.


What specialists can treat football injuries?

Specialist knee physiotherapists, knee surgeons, and orthopaedic surgeons are all experts when it comes to treating football injuries.


How can you prevent injuries from reoccurring?

It is very important to look at why and how the injury occurred. For example, if you had an ACL injury, people should wear a knee brace to support the knee. It is important to undergo pre-conditioning before the football season to strengthen the muscles at the front and back of the injury in order to prevent injury. Adequate footwear is also highly important.


Professor Ali Ghoz is a reputable consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in sports injuries. Consult with him today via his Top Doctors profile to book a consultation with him

By Professor Ali Ghoz
Orthopaedic surgery

Professor Ali Ghoz is an accomplished consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip and knee surgery based in London. He is an expert and leader in minimally-invasive hip and knee procedures and is at the forefront of using computer-guided techniques to perform complex surgeries. This has allowed easier and quicker recovery periods for his patients, whose care and happiness are at the core of his concerns. Professor Ghoz is a member of London International Patient Services (LIPS)

Professor Ghoz completed his basic surgical training at the Yorkshire School of Surgery and went on to complete specialist training at the Yorkshire Deanery. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011. In 2013, Professor Ghoz obtained his Master of Science in musculoskeletal sciences from Oxford University. Following this, Professor Ghoz completed many prestigious fellowships around the world including the prestigious Australian Orthopaedic Association Fellowship (AOA) at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.

Professor Ghoz was a reviewer for the British Bone and Joint Journal and has published many peer-reviewed research papers himself. His interests in revision hip and knee surgery feature frequently in his research and publications. He also teaches and acts as an examiner for various courses.

Professor Ghoz treats patients throughout the UK. Consultations can be arranged by email for the following locations:

  • The Natural Therapy Clinic, Portsmouth 
  • Coach House Health Care, Cambridge 
  • Holmfield Consulting Rooms, Leicester 
  • The Consulting Centre, Bournemouth 
  • ISIS Chiropractic Centre, Milton Keynes 
  • The Practice Rooms, Bristol
  • The Therapy Centre, Norwich
  • The Practice Rooms, Oxford
  • The Southdown Clinic, Bartestree 
  • The Practice Rooms, Cheltenham 
  • Crawthorne Therapy Rooms, Peterborough 
  • Enso House, Orpington

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