Other Common Injuries

Some football injuries are related to specific positions of the game. Offensive linemen are more prone to lumbar, knee ligament, and shoulder injuries. Wide receivers may have hamstring strains and tears of the anterior cruciate ligament. Defensive backs often have upper extremity injuries, including finger dislocations and hand and wrist sprains from defending or blocking their opponent's offensive players. Neck and shoulder sprains occur during tackling. Both field-goal kickers and punters develop overuse injuries.3 Among kickers, the most common injuries are low back, hip flexor, and hamstring strains.

Dry needling acupuncture can be used for both prevention and treatment of all these soft tissue injuries.

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