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Football Injuries: Current Concepts

E. Olson, David MD1,2; Sikka, Robby Singh MD3; Hamilton, Abigail MD4; Krohn, Austin MD2

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31822d4029
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury

Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States and is the leading cause of sports-related injury. A large focus in recent years has been on concussions, sudden cardiac death, and heat illness, all thought to be largely preventable health issues in the young athlete. Injury prevention through better understanding of injury mechanisms, education, proper equipment, and practice techniques and preseason screening may aid in reducing the number of injuries. Proper management of on-field injuries and health emergencies can reduce the morbidity associated with these injuries and may lead to faster return to play and reduced risk of future injury. This article reviews current concepts surrounding frequently seen football-related injuries.

1Minnesota Vikings, Minneapolis, MN; 2Department of Family Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; 3Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN; and 4TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Minneapolis, MN

Address for correspondence: Robby Singh Sikka, MD, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, 8100 Northland Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55431 (E-mail:

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