Football is the world’s most popular sport with over 240 million registered players worldwide and many millions more who play just for fun. Footballers suffer more injuries than those involved in other sports like Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, and Cycling and even boxing, however most Football injuries are not very serious, and can be treated with a Pilates and Yoga Football Recovery programme.

Injuries sustained around the knee, usually because of twisting actions or blows to the knee tend to place stress on the ligament. Wearing the correct studs in your football boots and using shin pads are important to prevent severe injuries in the lower limbs.

Research shows that most football injuries are caused by trauma, either having collided with opponents or from landing awkwardly after jumping for the ball. Nearly one third of all football injuries develop over a period of time, due to overuse or playing with slight injuries that develop into something more serious. It’s also been shown that older players are more liable to get injured, and women players suffer more injuries than males. This is why a Pilates and Yoga Football Injury Prevention Programme is a must in pre-season Training.

Most football injuries affect areas like the pelvis and groin, hip, thigh, calf, knee, foot and ankle. There are some very common injuries and by understanding how they are caused you may be able to avoid getting injured using a Pilates and Yoga Football Injury prevention programme.

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Football is a rigorous sport that demands rapid speed changes, pivoting, sideways and backwards displacement and jumping motions that combine all these movements. Thus it is inevitable that footballers are predisposed to injury. Football injuries that respond to Pilates/Yoga treatments are those affecting the lower limbs. Injuries to the upper leg often result from direct blows which may lead to bruising in the muscle area.

Injuries sustained around the knee, usually because of twisting actions or blows to the knee tend to place stress on the ligament. Wearing the correct studs in your football boots and using shin pads are important to prevent severe injuries in the lower limbs.

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Everton FC Youth Squad 2012
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“We have found great benefit with the introduction of Pilates sessions at Preston North End FC. Both the 1st team professionals and the youth team have weekly sessions of Pilates in an attempt to address the various weaknesses in player’s core control. It plays a key part of our preventative rehabilitation strategies that we implement at the football club.”

Steve Kemp, MSc. BSc (hons), GSR, MCSP, SRP. Head Physiotherapist Preston North End FC
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“Pilates has been an essential part of our conditioning programme since pre-season training. Nisha has provided the team with first class teaching skills and excellent knowledge in this area.”

Lee Nobes, BA (Comb Hons), BSc (Hons), MCSP SRP, GSR. Head Physiotherapist, Oldham Athletic FC
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“Many thanks for your support on our recent trip to Mottram Hall. The session was excellent and very well received by all the players and staff as discussed we hope to continue with regular sessions back home and we are currently looking for somebody of your high standard to help take this forward.”

Malcolm Stuart, Head Physiotherapist, Brighton & Hove Albion FC
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