Football is a the most watched sport around the world. People all around the world love to watch football whether male or female because of the excitement, the skills, the good looks and many more. Football stars around the world are paid million and million of dollars just to kick a ball around the pitch. However, it comes with a price as this players are prompt to injuries as long as they are playing professional football.
Most of the worst injuries in football are caused by tackles and challenges by another player. And it is gruesome to see some of this injuries when it happens.
Christiano Ronaldo out for few months for this challenge
Vidic's knee injury
Beckham on the ground
Ronaldo out for ninth months
Eduardo (This is scary...18 PL)
You might say this only will happen to professional footballers or unless you are playing competitive football. That is what i thought until my own brother became injured playing football leisurely.
On Monday, as usual my brother will go play futsal with his kakis. He asked me to go but i decided that this week i do not want to play. So he went alone and at 10 plus in the night we receive a call from his gf saying he has twisted his knee severly while playing futsal.
So as he came back he told us how it happen. He was coming clear infront of the goal after breaking free from the last defender. It is only him and the goalkeeper. But out from nowhere came the last man, tackled my bro fr da back cos him to lose balance and resulting him in stepping on the ball and it twisted his left knee. It resulted in a loud sound..Everyone was stunned!! And my bro was flat on da ground, could not move his left foot. If it was an EPL match that would be a straight red card for dat defender!!
So after seeing the orthopaedic and through the MRI scan it showed that he had thorn his ligament in his left knee. Knee injury is one of the most common injury in football and also one of the most dangerous one. So a little bit about the knee injury
Ligament Injuries to the Knee
There are four major ligaments in the knee. Ligaments are elastic bands of tissue that connect bones to each other and provide stability and strength to the joint. The four main ligaments in the knee connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shin bone), and include the following:
- anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) - the ligament, located in the center of the knee, that controls rotation and forward movement of the tibia (shin bone).
- posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) - the ligament, located in the center of the knee, that controls backward movement of the tibia (shin bone).
- medial collateral ligament (MCL) - the ligament that gives stability to the inner knee.
- lateral collateral ligament (LCL) - the ligament that gives stability to the outer knee.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common ligaments to be injured. The ACL is often stretched and/or torn during a sudden twisting motion (when the feet stay planted one way, but the knees turn the other way). Skiing, basketball, and football are sports that have a higher risk of ACL injuries.
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is also a common ligament to become injured in the knee. However, the PCL injury usually occurs with sudden, direct impact, such as in a car accident or during a football tackle.
Often, a cruciate ligament injury does not cause pain. Instead, the person may hear a popping sound as the injury occurs, followed by the leg buckling when trying to stand on it, and swelling. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
The symptoms of a cruciate ligament injury may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
The medial collateral ligament is injured more often than the lateral collateral ligament. Stretch and tear injuries to the collateral ligaments are usually caused by a blow to the outer side of the knee, such as when playing hockey or football.
Similar to cruciate ligament injuries, an injury to the collateral ligament causes the knee to pop and buckle, causing pain and swelling.
The symptoms of a collateral ligament injury may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for a knee ligament injury may include the following:
- x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body; can often determine damage or disease in a surrounding ligament or muscle.
- computed tomography scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan.) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.
- arthroscopy - a minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment procedure used for conditions of a joint. This procedure uses a small, lighted, optic tube (arthroscope) which is inserted into the joint through a small incision in the joint. Images of the inside of the joint are projected onto a screen; used to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joint; to detect bone diseases and tumors; to determine the cause of bone pain and inflammation.
- radionuclide bone scan - a nuclear imaging technique that uses a very small amount of radioactive material, which is injected into the patient's bloodstream to be detected by a scanner. This test shows blood flow to the bone and cell activity within the bone.
Specific treatment for a knee ligament injury will be determined by your physician based on:
- your age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the injury
- your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies
- expectation for the course of the injury
- your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:
This really cause me to think that even in a leisure game of football anything can happen. I always though those major injuries were only happen during professional games or when competive football is playing. Not anymore, anything can happen in football anytime , anywhere.
This is post is not discourage you from playing football as i love football myself. This serve as a warning to us that you better watch ur back the next time you kick a ball!