In 2009, more than 1.2 million football-related injuries occurred. “Overuse injuries do occur, but traumatic injuries such as concussions and knee and shoulder injuries are the most common,” says Matthew Matava, M.D., spokesperson for the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign and associate professor of orthopedics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Prevention: ·Make sure your child’s protective equipment, like helmet, pads and mouth guard, fit properly. ·Not everyone who experiences a concussion loses consciousness. If your child exhibits subtle signs -- headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, blurred vision -- have him checked out by a health care professional. (And don’t let him back into the game until he’s been seen). ·Insist that coaches enforce rules such as tackling with the head up and not leading with the helmet.