Football players of all ages should follow some basic tips to stay safe while playing a game. Football is one of the most injury-prone sports because of all the physical contact involved in tackling. Take some precautionary steps to prevent injuries and accidents.
Football players need to wear several types of protective gear to stay safe on the field. First, and most importantly, all players should wear helmets. These helmets need to fit snugly and strap under the player's chin so they stay on during the game. Helmets can prevent concussions and other head injuries. Players should also wear mouth guards to protect their teeth from being knocked out during rough play. In addition, football players should wear shoulder pads and pads under their pants that protect their tailbone, hips, thighs, and knees.
One of the best ways to prevent tendon and muscle injuries during a football game is to warm up adequately before the game. Start by jogging or performing jumping jacks or another type of cardiovascular exercise for at least five minutes to get the muscles warmed up. Gently stretch all major muscle groups, holding the stretch without bouncing to avoid straining muscles. Perform sprints and other more intense warm-ups after stretching to help prevent injuries. Players should avoid playing with injuries, which can make them worse and cause them to take longer to heal.
Players who practice sportsmanlike conduct on the field and follow the rules of the game will be less likely to injure one another. Never intentionally hit a player on the head, and tackle with your head up rather than driving your helmet into another player. When the referee blows the whistle, stop playing immediately so you do not collide with other players caught unaware.